Real Madrid have a number of injury worries going into Wednesday’s Champions League fixture against Legia Warszawa.
The Spanish outfit beat the Polish side 5-1 at home in the Champions League this sesaon, and will be hoping for more of the same when they visit the Polish Army Stadium on Wednesday. However, their task will be a lot harder this time around, given the number of injuries in Zinedine Zidane’s side.
The Frenchman will be forced to field a makeshift defence given the injuries to his regular centre-back pairing of Sergio Ramos and Pepe. Ramos injured himself whilst playing in midfield for Spain and had to be withdrawn only a couple of minutes after being subbed in.
Pepe, on the other hand, recently pulled his hamstring and is expected to be out for at least a month. Nacho is likely to play his first Champions League game of the season and will partner Raphael Varane at the heart of Los Blancos‘ defence. Marcelo also has been left out of the matchday squad.
In midfield, Casemiro and Luka Modric have been long-term absentees and Zidane has had to make-do with Toni Kroos mopping up play from the middle of the mark. Casemiro is out due to a fracture in his lower leg while Modric is on the cusp of returning to full fitness after injuring his left knee against Borussia Dortmund.
Marco Asensio began the season as a reserve player, but after a phenomenal pre-season and a number of injuries sustained by the Madrid players, he’s found himself featuring in a lot more games than he would have expected earlier. It is likely he will slot in the right midfield berth with Isco taking up station on the left.