Kroos adds to Real’s ca­su­alty list with Ron­nie still banned

Sport360 - - Football La Liga - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

Toni Kroos added a fresh blow to a de­pleted Real Madrid ahead of to­day’s trip to on-form Real So­ciedad with the Ger­man the lat­est key player to be ruled out.

Kroos missed train­ing on Satur­day with a mi­nor mus­cle prob­lem and joins the sus­pended Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Marcelo and in­jured Karim Ben­zema, Ma­teo Ko­vacic and Je­sus Vallejo on the side­lines.

“Toni has felt dis­com­fort and we are not go­ing to risk any­thing,” Madrid boss Zine­dine Zi­dane said. “In the course of the sea­son there are com­pli­cated mo­ments and that’s what we have now with in­juries.”

Real al­ready trail ri­vals Barcelona by four points in the La Liga ti­tle race af­ter just three games.

So­ciedad mean­while are level with Barca at the top of the ta­ble af­ter their best start to a league sea­son since 1981.

Ron­aldo showed Madrid what they have been miss­ing in draws against Va­len­cia and Le­vante as he re­turned to score twice in a comearly fort­able 3-0 win over APOEL Ni­cosia in the Cham­pi­ons League in mid­week.

How­ever, the World Player of the Year is ab­sent once more as he com­pletes his five-game do­mes­tic ban for push­ing a ref­eree in the Span­ish Su­per Cup.

“We need to think that this is our last game with Cris­tiano out,” added Zi­dane. “We need him, he is an im­por­tant player, but we have a squad good enough to do well even when he isn’t there.”

Sevilla put their un­beaten record on the line against newly-pro­moted Girona, who have been im­pres­sive thus far but suf­fered their first de­feat against Ath­letic Bil­bao.

Bil­bao have also started well and travel to Las Pal­mas, who are fresh from a 3-1 win in Malaga.

Else­where, bot­tom club Alaves en­ter­tain Vil­lar­real.

On the side­lines: Toni Kroos.

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