Raphael Varane injury leaves Real Madrid bare in defence

Cristiano Ronaldo smiles as he lies on the ground during training in Madrid on Tuesday

Cristiano Ronaldo smiles as he lies on the ground during training in Madrid on Tuesday

"Now we have to focus on La Liga and the Club World Cup, there is plenty of time for the Champions League".

However, with Varane now also joining the casualty list after taking a knock in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, the Galacticos may have little option but to scour the market for a new defender.

"I am convinced that by February, we'll be fine", Zidane explained during his post-match briefing.

Premier League giants Arsenal could be eyeing Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas as a replacement for Petr Cech and this could be a blow to Manchester United's hopes of keeping David de Gea.

"I don't care what team we play, this doesn't take place until February", the former France midfielder added.

The managerial merry-go-round of football is one facet that's seemingly unique to the sport. The French international came off the pitch instantly after feeling the injury on Wednesday. "I am a Real Madrid coach and I am happy with my two goalkeepers, I will always say the same".

"He won't be there Saturday that is for sure".

Logic dictates that Madrid would always want the best shot-stopper in the world under their wing - especially with Navas continuing to look far from imposing whenever a long-range shot is fired in his direction - but you sense that Florentino Perez has pulled the plug on the deal for strictly political reasons.

"We will find a solution".

With injuries piling up for the Madrid boss, the Frenchman claimed that some business could be done in the upcoming January transfer window.

"After the break, we'll be okay; we are looking forward to the draw on Monday even though a difficult opponent is coming". From January 1 to January 31, we can sign players.

Addressing the possibility of new arrivals in January, Zidane was also remaining tight-lipped over any Bernabeu newcomers. A win for Los Blancos would bring them closer to table toppers Barcelona, while a defeat would put even more pressure on boss Zidane heading into Christmas.

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