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Zidane: “Injuries are a concern for me”

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The French coach talks to the press ahead of the Madrid Derby in the International Champions Cup.

Real Madrid v Arsenal - 2019 International Champions Cup Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane talked to the press this Thursday night to preview the Madrid Derby in the International Champions Cup. Zidane talked mostly about the injuries and refused to add another chapter to the transfer saga surrounding Gareth Bale.

“We’re gutted for Marco, we care about him. The players have supported him. It is a bad injury, I hope he comes back even stronger. We did well against Arsenal but it was a shame about Marco. The good things are less important than Marco’s injury,” said Zidane about Asensio’s torn ACL.

Mendy suffered a calf injury as well and won’t be able to train with the squad for the next couple of weeks, which obviously concerns Zidane.

“Injuries are a concern for me. Marco’s injury, Ferland’s injury, which is minor... he won’t be able to play for us. We don’t know how long he’ll be out, but that can happen in preseason. I hope he recovers quickly,” explained the coach about Madrid’s new left-back.

Asensio was expected to be a relevant player for Madrid this season and his injury could force Real Madrid to change plans. Zidane didn’t want to say much about this possibility, however.

“We’re focused on tomorrow’s game and the players who are ready. Afterwards we’re heading back to Madrid to focus on LaLiga. Nothing has changed, I am not thinking about who will play for Marco. We are frustrated by the injury but as I said, we’re focused on tomorrow’s match,” said the Frenchman.

Midfielder Dani Ceballos completed his loan move to Arsenal this Thursday. Zidane explained that Ceballos needs to play as many minutes as he can.

“It is not that he didn’t fit into my plans. He needs more minutes, he is a key player. He didn’t get enough playing time at Real Madrid. That’s all there is to it, there is some strong competition here, nothing more. I hope he plays plenty of games and does well,” concluded the coach.