Real Madrid kicked off their La Liga campaign last weekend with a resounding 4-1 win at Deportivo Alavés at the Mendizorrotza stadium, and are preparing for their second outing outside the Spanish capital when they visit Levante on Sunday. at night.
But unfortunately for Carlo Ancelotti, Madrid will not have the key midfielder duo Luka Modric and Toni Kross for the clash at the Estadi Ciutat de València.
🚨 | The official Real Madrid squad for tomorrow:
❌ = Kroos, Modric, Marcelo, Mendy, Mariano.
Carvajal is back! ✅ pic.twitter.com/uBGzYTJ164
– Madrid Area (@theMadridZone) August 21, 2021
Kroos has yet to play for Madrid this season with the return of Ancelotti and is not expected to return to first-team duties until early October, while Modric, who started and completed 88 minutes in the win over Alavés, now you will join him on the treatment table after pick up a groin injury.
Los Blancos remain incredibly light in the center of the park this season, with only Modric and Kroos united in keeping midfield stalwart Casemiro, Federico Valverde and Dani Ceballos, who is also out for at least another month.
Questionable decisions on staff training in Madrid
Despite the lack of real depth in the center of the park for Madrid, Los Blancos refused to find a way to make the situation work out for Norwegian international star Martin Ødegaard, opting instead to grant him the pass to complete. his signing for Arsenal in a deal. which brought them 35 million euros.
But the tactical versatility in Ødegaard’s locker would have given Ancelotti a creative internal replacement for Modric & Kroos, and the club must now grapple with the urgent need to reassess whether or not they need to open their checkbook and secure a central midfielder before the match. transfer deadline.
Madrid have long been linked to interest in French international Stade Rennais star Eduardo Camavinga, who has made his intentions clear regarding his refusal to extend their deal in Britain at Roazhon Park.
If the 21-year-old magician refuses to change his stance on an extension, Rennais sporting director Florian Maurice will look to sell the youngster for a fee lower than the € 60 million the club expected earlier this summer. .
“Either we expand it or we look for a solution to sell it. Letting it go for free is not good for anyone. You can choose between saying ‘I want to go’ or ‘I want to stay’, but we have to find a solution that satisfies all parties. ” [quotes via Marca]
If Modric & Kroos’ recent injuries are a lesson to be lived with, Madrid should seriously consider bringing in another central midfielder if they do not intend to play Russian roulette with their lack of options in the middle.