Real Madrid’s team selection has always been pretty predictable under Zinedine Zidane because he has his favourites, but he was starting to have a real issue at the heart of his defence.
Sergio Ramos was forced off for Spain during the week with a suspected hamstring injury, while it also looked like Raphael Varane would be a doubt due to a knock he picked up with France.
Zidane then had the added complication of Eder Militao being side-lined due to a positive Covid-19 test, so it wasn’t actually clear what his plan would be for their upcoming games.
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He may still need to fight a makeshift centre back in someone like Casemiro or Dani Carvajal to get through a few games, but at least Militao is now eligible to return:
Hazard y Militao superan el COVID. Se entrenarán ya a las 17.00. Contado en @deportescope.
— Arancha Rodríguez (@AranchaMOBILE) November 19, 2020
The return of Eden Hazard is further good news as the Belgian star has been unable to catch a break with his fitness and health since joining, so hopefully he gets a chance to put a run of games together too.