Manchester City aren’t the only side struggling with injuries ahead of their Champions League clash. Their opponents, Real Madrid, face a similar situation, with David Alaba, Casemiro and Ferland Mendy all having been injured recently.
There has been legitimate unrest among Real Madrid fans over the fitness of these three stars, and according to Carlos Rodriguezthings didn’t get much better.
Okay, good news first. Ferland Mendy is recovering well and making “reasonable progress” he might be able to get fit in time for the game against Manchester City.
David Alaba and Casemiro are still doubts for the game against Manchester City
However, according to the journalist, David Alaba is still in doubt and the results of the tests carried out will only arrive on Saturday. Casemiro is a much bigger doubt for the game, and it is difficult for him to be fit for the game against City.
This is a blow to Real Madrid’s chances of overtaking Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals. Casemiro would be really, really important in making sure there is no extra space City players can exploit in Real’s half, and he would obviously have a very important aerial presence.
With Alaba, that’s another really big deal, because Real Madrid’s third-choice centre-back Nacho Fernandez just isn’t good enough to be third-choice, and Real Madrid need to sign a centre-back as soon as possible. as possible for situations exactly like this. The depth of defense is minimal and the club need to do something about it.
At least Mendy is recovering, so that’s a very good sign. Real Madrid don’t have Marcelo or Miguel Gutierrez, so if Mendy doesn’t play and Alaba isn’t able to return in time for the match, Real Madrid would have to field the same defense (apart from Militao being in place of Alaba) with which they went against Sevilla, which is simply not ideal.
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Alaba has to be there, and I really hope he recovers in time, along with the rest of the injured players.