In Manchester without Kaiser


La Real were forced to recover from one of the most sensitive casualties they could suffer on the eve of the trip to Old Trafford. Robin Le Normand has been diagnosed with bone edema in the second metatarsal of his left foot and will miss the Europa League debut against Manchester United. The retreat was important for Imanol, as he lost his defensive pillar against a fearsome forward.

Le Normand has had a foot problem since the match against Elche two days ago. Therefore, he played decimated on Saturday against Atlético de Madrid, a winger that ended up taking him to travel to Manchester. It is an early-stage fracture, according to sources consulted. Le Normand’s finger bone was not broken. The inflammation has become complicated and for this reason the decision is to treat him “through physiotherapy and carrying out personalized work under supervision”, says the club’s official medical report. The Frenchman “will resume his usual activities in a progressive and organized manner according to the characteristics of the injury and the evolution of the symptoms.”

By saving furniture from breakage, Le Normand aims to recover in a short time. His participation in the matches following the European premiere against Manchester is in doubt, starting with Sunday’s league match at Getafe. The signs are an edema and that is why it can be restored as soon as possible. Imanol has a problem at Old Trafford. The Breton footballer missed only one game in the last league, due to suspension: the penultimate day against Cádiz (3-0 in Anoeta).

Since Orio’s coach took charge of the first team, the Frenchman has been left out five times. As a curiosity, Le Normand also did not play in the second leg of the tie two editions ago at Old Trafford, which was resolved from the first leg (0-4).

Zubeldia, with Aritz or Pacheco

The absence of a kaiser is profound in any self-respecting defense and Real will be no exception, especially against a United side. Imanol will have to pick Zubeldia’s partner for Old Trafford, the centre-back having started alongside Le Normand in all four league games played so far.

The veteran alternative matches Aritz Elustondo. Today, Beasain combines lateral and central functions. If he plays on the axis, Gorosabel will be the defender operating on the right wing. Another option, perhaps riskier in this situation, is to bet on young Pacheco. He is left-handed and will allow more resources reserved for the full-backs.

Zubeldia and the company, in any case, face a challenge of enormous proportions. United’s forwards are ferocious. Bruno Fernandes, his most attacking midfielder, scored two goals against Real in a 0-4 win two seasons ago in Turin. Sancho concluded that Manchester’s victories over Liverpool and Leicester had two goals. Rashford has been a rocket with three goals and two assists in the first six Premier games. Antony scored for Arsenal as soon as he debuted as a star signing and if any of that goes down, there’s a monster on the prowl who has bagged 15 goals in nine games for Real: Cristiano Ronaldo .

Source: La Verdad


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