Zidane 'has reached breaking point with Madrid medical team'

Zinedine Zidane ‘has reached breaking point with Real Madrid’s medical team’ after FORTY ONE injuries to 20 players this season as Karim Benzema becomes the latest to be sidelined

  • Injured Karim Benzema became the latest player to be ruled out for Real Madrid 
  • The French striker’s injury was 41st of Madrid’s season, with 20 players affected 
  • League-high total has led Zinedine Zidane to lose patience with medical team 

Zinedine Zidane has reportedly reached ‘breaking point’ with Real Madrid’s medical team after the club’s severe injury problems this season.

The Spanish giants have suffered 41 injuries to 20 different players this season, by far the highest tally in LaLiga with Barcelona’s 25 casualties the nearest total.

And Marca report that the Madrid boss is losing his patience with the club’s medical department with the club losing ground in the title race amid a heavily packed schedule this season.

Zinedine Zidane is reportedly reaching ‘breaking point’ with his medical team amid injury crisis

Star striker Karim Benzema joined eight other players currently on the treatment table including captain Sergio Ramos and Eden Hazard, with Zidane only having 11 senior players to choose from for their clash against Real Valladoid on Saturday ahead a Champions League round of 16 first leg against Atalanta on Tuesday.

Marcelo, Dani Carvajal, Fede Valverde, Rodrygo, Alvaro Odriozola and Eder Militao are all also ruled out for Los Blancos. 

An injury to Karim Benzema was Real Madrid’s 41st of the season, with 20 players suffering

The report indicates that days players have missed through injuries totals a staggering 823 days or 146 matches missed.

To add insult to injury, Madrid sanctioned the loan exits of Luka Jovic and Martin Odegaard in January with the club desperately trying to source funds after the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

After confirming Zidane’s injury, Zidane said: ‘Every time we get an injury it’s a kick in the teeth. We know how good Karim is of course, but he’s injured now. We need to focus on the players we have available for us.’ 

Benzema joins Eden Hazard (pictured), Sergio Ramos and six others on the treatment table

Despite their woes, Madrid have won four of their last five LaLiga games but still find themselves six points behind rivals Atletico Madrid having played a game more.

Their tie against Atalanta has growing importance with attention on the club’s performance in Europe after a disappointing domestic campaign. 

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