Ferland Mendy Injury: How long will Real Madrid left back be out?

Real Madrid, Ferland Mendy (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Ferland Mendy (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid were already missing Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, and Lucas Vazquez in defense due to injury. On top of that, Raphael Varane has been out with a positive COVID-19 test. And now, Los Blancos have a fresh injury blow to worry about, heading into Sunday’s La Liga clash against rivals Getafe, as Ferland Mendy is injured.

The club has officially announced that Mendy has an overloaded left soleus muscle. He has already been ruled out of the squad for the match against Getafe.

But Real Madrid will miss Mendy for more than just Sunday’s match. According to a report from COPE’s Miguel Angel Diaz, Ferland Mendy is out for 10 to 15 more days. He will miss the mid-week fixture against Cadiz as well as next weekend’s big clash against likely Europa League qualifiers Real Betis, who beat Los Blancos in the second half of last season.

Mendy aims to be ready for the first leg of the Champions League semifinals against Chelsea, which will take place on Tuesday, Apr. 27 at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

Ferland Mendy would be a huge loss for Real Madrid if he misses the Chelsea match

Hopefully, the star left back will be ready by then, because his defensive presence will be necessary against a Chelsea side that has serious attacking upside after making a trio of splashy signings in the summer transfer window.

But Real must be careful not to rush Mendy. We have already seen how setbacks have affected his fullback partner, Dani Carvajal, in 2020-2021.

Mendy will be a tough loss for those three league games, especially Betis, who also have a great deal of attacking talent under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

The former Lyon man’s overload injury comes after Mendy has run more than any other player in the Champions League. That stat shows you how vital Mendy has been to Real Madrid – not just as a great defender on the left-hand side, but also as a hard-working outlet who can carry the ball into the attacking third.

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There is a massive drop-off defensively between Mendy and Marcelo at left back, as we saw on several occasions in the first half of the season. We’ll see how the team adjusts to life without Mendy over the next couple of weeks, and he’d be a massive loss against Chelsea if he cannot return when the Champions League does.