Real Madrid stopped defender from leaving during November international break

Real Madrid, Ferland Mendy (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Ferland Mendy (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid didn’t want one of their most important players to risk an injury during the November international break.

Football fans generally have a low opinion of the international break, especially when the meaningless UEFA Nations League is being played. This year, fans are even more frustrated, since the break, in addition to the risk of injury, also opens up players to the risk of COVID-19. Recently, Real Madrid could not start Eden Hazard and Casemiro, as the two star players tested positive for the disease.

This week is the November international break, but one player who has become important to both Real and his national team, Ferland Mendy, won’t be playing. Mendy wasn’t called up by France coach Didier Deschamps, which came as a surprise since he’s one of the world’s best left backs. But we now have a logical explanation.

According to L’Equipe, Deschamps did indeed call up Ferland Mendy at first, but Real Madrid said “no” to the manager since they were worried about yet another player picking up a muscular injury. Real have already lost three fullbacks due to injury in Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola, and Nacho Fernandez.

Ferland Mendy has become even more important to Real Madrid

Mendy is the team’s best fullback and only credible starting option at left back. He didn’t start against Valencia at the Mestalla, which frustrated even the players, because Mendy wasn’t called up for the break. He didn’t seem to need to rest. And Marcelo’s defensive mistakes ended up costing Los Blancos yet again. However, it now looks like Mendy had a muscular issue, which explains why he wasn’t playing.

It’s good to hear that France and Real Madrid were able to come to an agreement that wouldn’t risk the star left back’s health. Mendy has become that much more important to Los Merengues this season, and he is a clear star player Real can count on for years and years to come.

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The international break is a scary time for Madridistas, as the team continues to reel from injuries. But at least the all-important left back is not at risk of getting hurt in the coming week of action.