Zinedine Zidane could be sidelined for at
least three matches by a groin injury, Real Madrid team doctors were
quoted as saying on Wednesday.
If their diagnosis is confirmed, the French midfielder will miss Real
Madrid's Champions League match at Rosenborg next Tuesday.
"We are not going to take any risk. As long as Zidane is in pain, he
will be rested," Real team doctors told sports daily L'Equipe.
Zidane may also be unavailable for France's friendly against Costa Rica
in Martinique on Nov. 9 and the match against Germany three days later
at the Stade de France.
Real coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo said earlier this week the 33-year-old
had been left out of the squad to play Deportivo Coruna this Wednesday
and would probably miss Saturday's game against Real Betis.
Zidane was out for almost a month after sustaining a groin injury in a
World Cup qualifier against Ireland in September.
He regained fitness in time to play against Switzerland and Cyprus and
help France secure their place in the 2006 finals in Germany but has
been in disappointing form for Real since.
"I'm in pain. I need a break. I can't carry on playing like that," he