Real Madrid’s Mariano Diaz to miss derby against Atletico

Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz challenges Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas, Spain, March 1, 2021. — AFP pic
Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz challenges Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas, Spain, March 1, 2021. — AFP pic

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MADRID, March 4 — Real Madrid’s injury problems show no sign of easing with the club confirming today that forward Mariano Diaz will miss this weekend’s crunch Madrid derby against La Liga leaders Atletico with a hip issue.

Real are already without Dani Carvajal, Eden Hazard and captain Sergio Ramos for the trip across the Spanish capital, while fellow forward Karim Benzema faces a late fitness test ahead of the game

Injuries and illness have restricted Diaz to four La Liga starts this season, his only goal coming in November.

The 27-year-old was substituted just past the hour mark in Monday’s 1-1 draw at home to Real Sociedad.

Local media reports suggest he will be sidelined for at least a fortnight with the problem.

A club statement read: “Following the tests carried out today on our player, Mariano Diaz, by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with a muscle injury to his left external obturator. His recovery will be monitored.”

Real face Atalanta in their Champions League last-16 return leg on March 16, having won the first leg 1-0 last month. — Reuters

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