After a sensational performance over the weeked against Real Mallorca where Gonzalo Higuain produced a sublime goal and created another for Granero to score from, Tuesday brought in bad news. The Argentine despite not showing any signs of injury throughout the game might have got a knock which was treated on at a later stage only to reveal not so good news especially with only a two point gap at the top with Barcelona and no room for complacency and lacklustre performances.
Real Madrid’s official website said :
Following physical exploration and a magnetic resonance at Sanitas La Moraleja Hospital this morning, the Medical Staff has determined Gonzalo Higuain is injured with a grade I-II fibrilar tear on the left femoral biceps. The player will miss three weeks.
In layman’s language, it is his left hamstring which would keep him out for three weeks thus meaning he would be unavailable for games against Athletic Bilbao, Malaga and Deportivo La Coruna and would possibly (and hopefully) be back for Espanyol and more importantly, before the away leg in Champions League against Lyon.
This forced Higuain to train in the gym with Xabi Alonso and Rafael Van der Vaart who also sustained injuries in that game.
This means Van der Vaart is out for two-three weeks, Alonso would likely be returning for Bilbao game and now Higuain for three weeks are the casualties.
Now to fulfill our attacking options, the way I see it we can do two things. Bring in and play Benzema from the onset along with Ronaldo as the other attacking option and have Granero fill in for Van der Vaart.
Another option is to only play Benzema upfront as the lone striker and have Ronaldo and Kaka play as supporting strikers. Gago to push up front and Marcelo along with Sergio Ramos/Arbeloa to play on the wings. Granero to have a central role in the midfield.
What do you guys think? Do you agree with my ideas? Have some more or better ones, put them in the comments box. Hala Madrid!