MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 12: Sergio Ramos (L) of Real Madrid react next to Gustavo Cabral of Levante during the la Liga match between Real Madrid and Levante at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 12, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
Ricardo Carvalho, Fabio Coentrao, Lass Diarra and Cristiano Ronaldo each stand at four yellow cards at the moment, so should they get a yellow card in the coming weeks they will have to miss a match. This is especially worrisome since we have a number of injured players including Di Maria, Benzema and Altintop.
Although Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos have three yellow cards each, their newly found love for harsh challenges and miscalculated tackles might earn them automatic suspensions in a matter of couple of games.
Considering the fact that we have some tough fixtures coming up against Real Betis, Malaga, Villareal and Real Sociedad, these yellow cards increase Real Madrid's likelihood of dropping points. Jose Mourinho will most likely instruct his players to take turns making challenges. It is also expected that some of the players will get intentional bookings to escape serving their punishment during tougher matches.
Will los blancos survive this injury prone, suspension-rich period unscathed? Let us know what you think in the comments section!