Mariano, in a match with Madrid on March 1 in Valdebebas.AFP7 via Europa Press / Europa Press
Four days after a key derby for their future in La Liga, Real Madrid have no healthy striker. The last to fall was Mariano, who suffers a muscle injury to the left external shutter, according to the club. The estimated time of withdrawal is about 10 days, with which it is possible that he will reach the second leg of the Champions League against Atalanta, on March 16. This news occurs when it is still unknown if Benzema will be in a position to face Atlético this Sunday at Wanda (16.15, Movistar LaLiga). The Frenchman, in the infirmary for two weeks, has not yet trained with the group
The mishap of the Hispanic Dominican, number 40 in whites this season (most of them muscular in nature), further exacerbates the hole in the team's attacking zone. Although the youth squad is far from being a priority in Zinedine Zidane's plans, he was the only healthy nine in the first team after Benzema's fall. Real Madrid started the season with four strikers, but Jovic and Mayoral left on loan to Eintracht and Roma, respectively, and Mariano and the Frenchman are now injured
Benzema's physical problems and the other strikers' starts, especially from Jovic, have been granted this season some opportunities that he did not enjoy last time, after the entity invited him to leave in both. This course already adds 535 minutes compared to the stunted 84 of the past. The biggest showcase, however, has not triggered its figures. The seven starts and the 15 games played in total have barely given him to celebrate a goal, against Villarreal at La Cerámica (1-1), the same figure as the previous season. In a player whose catalog is restricted almost exclusively to the scoring side, his income is very insufficient.
Zizou's distrust and his poor records led the French coach to rehearse in the first leg against Atalanta a scheme without a pure striker. He left Mariano on the bench and took Isco out of the storage room, whom he placed as a false nine . Five days later, in front of the Real Sociedad , he returned to the classic drawing with the Hispanic Dominican at the top. There was even a gap for the soccer player from the subsidiary Hugo Duro, who appeared a few minutes in the last three duels. But with none of the variants he found the goal, which in Madrid only has Benzema, author of 17 of the 57 goals of his team this season.
Mariano's injury increases the percentage of the whites' casualties even more this season, more resembling a war party. Three days after recovering four players (Rodrygo, Marcelo, Valverde and Odriozola) of the nine who had injured, another falls again. In the infirmary, Hazard and Sergio Ramos continue, who exercised this Thursday with Benzema on and off the Valdebebas lawn, while Carvajal continues with his recovery inside the facilities.