Zidane Blames Fixture Congestion as Mendy Adds to Growing Injury List.

Zinedine Zidane defended Real Madrid’s backroom team and said a congested fixture list was the main factor behind a lengthy injury list that now includes full-back Ferland Mendy.

“I’m not worried but it does bother me that we have a lot of injuries,” the Madrid coach said at a news conference. “I don’t want to see my players injured but that is part of football, we can’t control it. You can take great care of the players, the backroom staff are very good. But not just that, you need sometimes a bit of luck.”

“[Mendy] is an important player for us but things happen. In the games you have lots of demands. Really, nowadays players aren’t resting.”

“We have seven games in 21 days, they’ve all played for their international sides and they’re going to have more international games after these games. It makes things difficult.

“We work hard in pre-season, it’s necessary to do that. There’s lots of reasons why people can get injured in games and you have to accept it. It’s not just Real Madrid that have injuries, all clubs do.”

Madrid face Osasuna on Wednesday prior to meeting Atletico Madrid in the derby on Saturday.

They then have home fixtures against Club Brugge and Granada before the next international break in early October.

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