Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has encountered more injury problems ahead of this weekend’s crucial Madrid derby according to a report in Marca. Mariano has been injured again, while Karim Benzema is still a doubt and Luka Jovic is on loan in Germany. Zidane goes into the game missing nine first-teamers.
If Benzema can’t make it back, Atletico Madrid will be the fourth game on the bounce Madrid haven’t had their top scorer available for, after Real Valladolid, Atalanta and Real Sociedad. Zidane has experimented with tridents of Vinicius, Mariano and Marco Asensio, Isco replacing Mariano and Mariano replacing Vinicius. But he’s never seemed fully content with that selection.
One option would be to play Fede Valverde and sacrifice one of the attackers. Zidane could also opt for a trident without Vinicius, opting for Isco to start alongside Rodrygo and Asensio. Asensio could be sacrificed to be replaced by Rodrygo. Isco could be sacrificed to be replaced by Rodrygo. Or, a wildcard could be Hugo Duro starting as a pure number nine. All to be discovered.