Real Madrid hit with another major injury blow ahead of Espanyol match

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Karim Benzema (R), Gareth Bale (L) and Daniel Carvajal (C) celebrate team's first goal during the Spanish league football match Athletic Club Bilbao vs Real Madrid CF at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on March 18, 2017. "It's muscle fatigue, but we don't like to take any risks", the coach added.

The wing wizard injured his calf in Tuesday's Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund and despite initial reports suggesting the injury was not too serious, he has been out of action since.

"I'm not anxious about the BBC, we will see them all soon".

Wales face Georgia and the Republic of Ireland which will prove to be two crucial games for the side who are second in their qualifying group.

The global break may be seen as well-timed for Real in that regard, giving Zidane a fortnight to reassess their start to the campaign ahead of their trip to Getafe on October 14. It depends on his fitness, nothing else.

Spanish champions Real Madrid will return to action with a trip to capital rivals Getafe after the global break, while Espanyol's next league match is at home to Levante.

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It's not often that RCD Espanyol have the chance to draw level on points with Real Madrid at the end of September, but that is where we find ourselves, as sixth-placed Real Madrid take on their 13th placed visitors.

"We can change all of [the talk about poor home form]". What has happened, has happened, but we can change it tomorrow and that's what we're going to try to do. In their three games at the Bernabeu, the reigning European and Spanish champions were held to draws by Valencia and Levante - having trailed in both matches - before going down 1-0 to Real Betis in their last home outing after conceding a stoppage-time victor.

"The most important thing for him is to play and be on the pitch against Espanyol". "If we could play every match here then that would be much better".

He said there was no issue between Madrid and the Welsh national team.

Meanwhile, Espanyol beat Deportivo 4-1 last weekend and are now three games unbeaten in La Liga.

Second place could be enough to earn Chris Coleman's team a place in the play-offs, which will see eight of the nine runners up in qualifying groups play for four remaining places in Russian Federation 2018.

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