He testified that Vinicius was awaiting a flawed COVID-19 test, but that the Brazilian should be okay to play.

Zidane revealed updates due to missing some key players

Zinedine Zidane was due to provide several accessibility updates on Thursday when he spoke at his pre-match press conference ahead of Friday’s clash between Real Madrid and Alaves. He testified that Vinicius was awaiting a flawed COVID-19 test, but that the Brazilian should be okay to play. At the same time, the coach also explained that Eden Hazard and Raphael Varane were able to return and that Marcelo suffered an injury. “Eden Hazard has felt some injury niggles, but it is not a repetition of the same injury,” Zidane said. “He trained with us normally, and I hope that he will be able to play these last four league matches with us, and then the Champions League.”

 

Eden wants to be with us. He is not afraid of a recurrence of injury. There are people with great medical experience than me, and they know that it’s normal to have some pain after a match or hard training.

Zizou has a plan but he does not reveal it

“He wants to help the team and will be with us tomorrow”. While the Hazard return is good news, the fact that Marcelo is injured at the same time as Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos are suspended leaves Real Madrid short in defense, especially when considering Nacho also out of injury. Nevertheless, Zidane has a plan, even if he does not reveal it. “I have a clear starting lineup for tomorrow, but I’m not going to tell it to you,” Zizou said. Finally, he reflected on how important this match is against Alaves. A team battling relegation and a team that replaced the coach. “We know the situation they are in, and we know that there are no easy games,” Zidane said of the Basque side. “We are ready to continue to do what we did. It will be hard, but we are happy to play it.”