To derby without Hazard … or Bale

first_imgGareth Bale is beginning to be an unsolved mystery. The Welshman, who exercised without problems throughout the week, stayed from the call for this Saturday’s game against Atlético (4:00 pm). This Friday is the last market day and his name has covered all the spotlights for a news item published in The times which revealed that Tottenham was still hoping to sign him now. Zidane settled the subject: “I don’t see it.” Nevertheless, the Frenchman has left him out of his plans again.Bale has only played two games this January: against Getafe in the League (January 4) and Salamanda Unionists in the Cup on the 22nd. In this last meeting, the Welshman suffered a sprain that left him out of the clash in Pucela against Valladolid, but this week he has exercised without problems (the image that illustrates this news, smiling, is from Friday’s training). Despite this, he was not in Zaragoza on Wednesday and Zidane has ruled him out against Atlético. This season he has only played 15 games out of 31, less than half … The other novelty is the absence of Eden Hazard. The Belgian, who has pressed to be available, finally runs out of the derby. Hazard, who has not played since November 26 against PSG, when his compatriot Meunier injured his right ankle, only completed two sessions with the group. Zidane opted again for prudence. The Frenchman is not a friend of advancing the return of the injured and reapplied with his star, who wants to be fully in the decisive stretch of the season. Hazard, who has already lost 14 games, will have minutes next week, either against Real in the Cup, or against Osasuna in the League.Asensio, for medical reasons, and Mariano, Nacho, Rodrygo and Brahim, by technical decision (a priori will be headlines before the Royal Cup), complete the list of absences of the call.This is the call of ZidaneGoalkeepers: Courtois, Areola and Altube.Defenses: Carvajal, Militão, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo and Mendy.Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, James and Isco.Strikers: Benzema, Lucas Vázquez, Jović and Vinicius Jr.last_img read more