Fede Valverde is now a doubt to face Liverpool in two weeks. It’s a second blow for Real Madrid ahead of the Champions League clash.
Marca reports that Fede Valverde could now miss Real Madrid vs Liverpool. The midfielder didn’t take part in training on Tuesday.
Valverde has a leg injury that could rule him out for two weeks. That’s a big problem for Real, who face Liverpool on April 6th.
The Uruguayan has been a regular for Los Blancos in recent weeks. So much so that Marca reports Zinedine Zidane had plans for him against Liverpool.
Zidane wanted to go 4-4-2, with Valverde playing in midfield with Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. But that brings us to problem no.2.
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Kroos withdrew from the Germany squad yesterday and won’t play in any of their games this month. He has an adductor problem and will likely miss Real’s next game against Eibar.
They believe he could return to face Liverpool but that’s certainly not a guarantee.
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Zidane, then, will have to change his plans. It sounds very unlikely that both players make his XI against the Reds and that leaves things in tatters.
He’ll be grateful that Kroos is the more likely to return, though. The German is a vital player for Real and a midfield of Casemiro, Kroos and Modric is still formidable.
Still, Liverpool can smile at the fact Zidane has to change from his original idea. He’s got a fantastic record in the Champions League, after all, and this puts him a little on the back foot.
Now the Reds just have to hope everyone returns from the international break okay. That’s felt like a big ask this season – Joe Gomez picked up his season-ending injury with England.
And with some key players definitely out for the tie, Real’s struggles do level the playing field a little.