Real Madrid playmaker Zinedine Zidane has been left
off Wanderley Luxemburgo's rapidly decreasing list of first team players for the
away trip to Deportivo La Coruna on Thursday due to an ongoing groin injury.
According to the club's website www.realmadrid.com., Zidane will be undergoing
treatment and some light training instead.
"Zidane will not be available to play at the Riazor (stadium)," said the
Zidane has had injury worries ever since picking up the groin muscle injury
against the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road on
He also has a hamstring injury, although he was thought to have recovered from
that - he went on to play against Switzerland in Berne on October 5, and against
Cyprus a week later when he inspired Raymond Domenech's team to a 4-0 win which
secured their qualification.
Real suffered a setback in the league last weekend when they were beaten 2-1 at
home by Valencia - a result which helped allow Getafe, on 17 points, to go top
of the league with a one-point advantage over Celta Vigo (16).
Zidane also missed a penalty in the match, his first such miss since he joined
the Spanish giants.
Real Madrid sit in third place a point further back and will face Deportivo
without Brazilian front men Ronaldo and Julio Baptista and Spanish defender
Michel Salgado, who is injured.
Also missing is Danish midfielder Thomas Gravesen, who is suspended, while David
Beckham could also miss the trip.
Real are still waiting on a decision by the Spanish league's competition
committee after Beckham was red-carded on Sunday, when Gravesen was also sent
The England captain could easily have avoided his second sending-off in barely
two weeks, following his departure when England played Austria.
He got his first yellow card for protesting about a decision by referee Arturo
Dauden Ibanez three minutes from time and then a quick-fire second for
sarcastically applauding the initial booking.
To cover for his missing men, Luxemburgo admitted he will have to delve into his
"I'll have to put in some calls to the B team. For me the bad thing about the
match was not just losing the game but also losing players, it makes me more fed
up the more I think about it," said Luxemburgo.