Real Madrid left with just 12 fit senior outfield players for Getafe match as Fede Valverde goes into isolation after coming into contact with a Covid-19 carrierFede Valverde ruled out after coming into contact with positive COVID-19 caseMidfielder will miss Real Madrid’s match with Getafe despite testing negativeValverde joins significant group of players now unavailable to Zinedine ZidaneMadrid boss will have just 12 fit senior outfield players and three midfielders

Real Madrid will be without Fede Valverde for their match with Getafe after the midfielder came into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

That leaves Zinedine Zidane with just three fit midfielders for the match, and 12 senior outfit players as a combination of injuries, suspensions and COVID-19 has stretched the Madrid squad to the limit.

Valverde has tested negative himself, but will be unavailable due to being in quarantine and joins Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Lucas Vazquez, Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy, Casemiro and Nacho Fernandez on the sidelines ahead of the Getafe clash.

Fede Valverde out for Getafe match leaving Zinedine Zidane with 12 fit senior outfield players

The Madrid boss has just three fit midfielders available at what is a crucial point in the season

It leaves Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Isco as the only fit midfielders available to Zidane for the match on Sunday night, which Madrid can ill-afford to slip up in as they trail Atletico Madrid by one point in the La Liga title race.

Valverde has already missed periods of football this season with injury problems. The 22-year-old missed a month of action towards the end of last year with a shinbone problem, before a muscle injury kept him out for nearly two months before he returned in March.

Madrid have by far the worst injury record in La Liga this season, and speaking in February, Zidane admitted he couldn’t explain why his side were suffering so badly. 

Eden Hazard is one player that continues to be on the sidelines plagued with various injuries

‘I don’t understand. There are a lot of injuries, I’m worried. When I lose a player, as a coach it bothers me. It’s a relapse,’ Zidane said.

‘But I can’t explain the reasoning [behind the injury problems] to you. As a coach, having injuries is the worst. They’ve come back to hurt us again.’

The Madrid boss will be hoping to bolster his ranks as soon as possible, with his side facing Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie in just nine days.

The second leg takes place a week later, four days before Madrid host Sevilla, who themselves are now just five points off Zidane’s side and six points off the top of the table.

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