Real Madrid have suffered an injury blow ahead of their Champions League meeting with Liverpool next month. They’ll need to cope without their starting left-back.
This comes from AS in Spain. They report that Ferland Mendy will now miss two months of action for Real Madrid.
The Frenchman is Real’s starting left-back, having been given the nod 22 times by Carlo Ancelotti this season. But with some massive games against Liverpool coming up, the Italian must do without Mendy.
David Alaba will almost certainly slide across to cover, with Ancelotti now facing a big decision at centre-back. Their squad is deep but this will be a blow.
Mendy has become a reliable option for them since his £47m move in 2019. This injury, though, does balance things a little between Real and Liverpool.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool
So Real have a problem at left-back. Liverpool, unfortunately, have problems all over the pitch.
Luis Díaz certainly misses these two games, while we can only cross out fingers on Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino. Then there’s the centre-back situation.
The Daily Mail report that there’s no guarantee Virgil van Dijk will return for the first leg against Real. Ibrahima Konaté is now injured again, too, and it’s too early to tell when he’ll recover.
There is a chance, of course, that all of these players – Díaz aside – return for the Champions League game. It feels unlikely, though.
Especially as Liverpool will almost certainly lose another player between now and then. That’s just the way it’s been this season and the injuries don’t look like letting up anytime soon.
We can only hope that a bit of luck finds Jurgen Klopp’s side and the squad is a bit deeper for the ties. Then we’ll see if Real can adequately cover Mendy’s absence at left-back.