Eden Hazard‘s latest injury drastically changes the picture for Zinedine Zidane ahead of two crunch games.
The Belgian won’t play against either Manchester City in the Champions League or Barcelona in the Clasico in the coming week and could be out for much of the rest of the season.
Zidane has plenty of other options, including his five-man midfield that he deployed at the Supercopa de Espana.
However, if the Los Blancos boss doesn’t want to tinker too much with his team, then it could be Vinicius Junior‘s turn to shine.
The Brazilian replaced Hazard against Levante and provided a creative spark for the visitors at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia.
Elsewhere, Gareth Bale, Rodrygo Goes, Lucas Vazquez and Isco could all play on the left wing if Zidane chooses to use them there.
Vinicius has the strongest argument to start against Manchester City because of the form he has shown both as a starter and substitute for Real Madrid in recent weeks.