Zidane: Casemiro Is Unique In His Position

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Zinedine Zidane has admitted there’s no player at the club that can play in Casemiro’s position, as he recovers from injury.

The Brazilian midfielder suffered a broken fibula in the 2-0 win over Espanyol and could be out for three weeks.

Casemiro’s compatriot Marcelo will also miss Saturday’s La Liga trip to Las Palmas, having limped out of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Villarreal with a calf problem.

“I’ve always worried when players get injured,” said Zidane, who saw hopes of a record La Liga winning run scuppered by the midweek draw.

“Especially when they are players who are in the starting line-up, like Marcelo and Casemiro,”

“At the end of the day, we can’t do anything about it. I hope the injuries are not as important as they seem and they are back quicker than we think. We have got a big squad to make changes and that is what we are going to do.

“You [reporters] don’t see clear substitutes for those players, but I do. I know who is going to play, let’s see tomorrow.

“In the end you have to plan from game to game. You can try to plan long-term, but things happen – like the injuries to Marcelo and Casemiro – and it changes everything.

“It’s clear that perhaps in the position of Casemiro there is no one exactly like him, but we will just make some changes and be a little bit different.”

Despite Madrid lacking Casemiro’s enforcing qualities for the immediate future, Zidane insists their overall plan will not alter.

“It’s not going to be different without Casemiro, our idea is always the same depending on the possession we have,” he explained.

“Our idea is to get the ball, play in the opposition half – do these kind of things. So we will see if we do any differently, but the idea is always the same. It doesn’t matter which player plays.”



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