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Zidane worried & bothered by Real Madrid’s growing injuries

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Zinedine Zidane admits Real Madrid’s growing injury list has left him worried and bothered, with the La Liga season beginning in three weeks time.

Real have been hit with three big losses in pre-season, with €48m signing Ferland Mendy becoming the latest player to be sidelined in their USA tour.

The former Lyon full-back sustained a thigh injury against Arsenal on Wednesday and could be out of action for up to a month.

Meanwhile, Marco Asensio was another casualty from the Arsenal game and could be out for around nine months. The Spaniard suffered a torn cruciate ligament and came off the pitch just five minutes after scoring.

Asensio and Mendy now join Brahim Diaz, who has a thigh problem, on the sidelines for Real.

“It worries me and, above all, it bothers me,” said Zidane, according to Marca.

“Marco’s [injury and then] Ferland’s, which is a minor injury, but he won’t be able to continue working and we don’t know for how long.

“These are things that happen and we will see if he comes back quickly with us.”

Asensio’s long-term injury has, naturally, drawn speculation on whether Real will search for a replacement before the summer transfer window closes.

However, Zidane refused to give anything away with his sole focus on Saturday morning’s derby against Atletico Madrid.

“We are preparing with the players who are here,” said the Los Blancos boss.

“Then we will return to Madrid.

“I don’t think about who is going to replace Marco. We are devastated with Marco’s injury and our squad is the one we have here.”

As for the Atletico clash, Zidane added: “I think it will be a good match, we know that our rivals have a good team, who fight and we are going to try to have a good game.”

The Madrid derby between Real and Atletico will begin at 02:06 (CET) on Saturday morning.