By Tim Stannard
Real Madrid face Saturday's crunch clash against Villarreal with an entire defense out of action
It is unlikely that the good of people of Spain are going to even notice in there are two whopping, heavyweight clashes coming up on Saturday in LaLiga, as a previously accursed international break is now being worshipped on a plinth of glory.
A 6-0 victory in the Nations League win over Germany has certainly put a smile on a country still suffering under COVID-19, however there could be unfortunate ramifications for Real Madrid on Saturday, especially tied in with news coming in from the France camp.
Sergio Ramos left Tuesday's Germany match just before halftime, holding the back of his right thigh, and will have tests at Real Madrid today to find out if he is fit for the huge Saturday game against Villarreal - coverage begins at 9:30AM ET - and also the not insignificant matter of Inter Milan in the Champions League next week.
To compound the potential problems for Coach Zizou, Raphael Varane also missed the second half of France's game against Sweden on Tuesday suffering from "little problems," according to France coach Didier Deschamps. Real Madrid will find out how big those little problems really are on Wednesday.
If the worst comes to the worst for Real Madrid and both players are sidelined, then the options are not good. Eder Militao is still in isolation having tested positive for COVID-19 and Nacho is only just coming back from injury.
This does not bode well for a Real Madrid team that shipped four goals in their last league outing against Valencia and are taking on a strong Villarreal side that is currently in second place in the standings.
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Mbappe returns in boost for PSG
At least PSG had a solid break from the international week.
The previously injured Kylian Mbappe played half-an-hour in the 4-2 victory over Sweden and is looking just fine according to Deschamps with the footballer popping up with an assist just seconds after coming on to the pitch.
Good news indeed for a PSG side that has been running on fumes due to injuries but faces a big Ligue 1 clash against Monaco on Friday in a game live on beIN SPORTS at 3PM ET.
One piece of news missing from Wednesday's headlines is the sacking of German national team coach, Joachim Low. The German World Cup winner is still firmly in control of his Mannschaft despite Wednesday's exhausting session at the hands of Ferran Torres and co.
"This game changes nothing. We still trust Joachim Low, no doubt about that," declared Oliver Bierhoff, the national team director for the German soccer federation.
The UEFA Nations League wraps up on Wednesday and there won't be a dry eye in the house for a beloved competition. Belgium and Italy will be looking to secure their spots in the final-four which features Spain and France.
Brazil keep perfect start in World Cup qualifying
No Neymar (again), no problem (again) for Brazil on Tuesday night after Tite's men defeated Uruguay with a 2-0 victory in South American World Cup qualifying.
That leaves Brazil top of the tree with four matches played and the only side having won the lot, averaging four goals a game in the process. Uruguay's Edinson Cavani bought himself some free time in the next international break after a red-card challenge on Brazil's Richarlison.
Argentina are in second place after a a 2-0 victory against a struggling Peru side. Lionel Messi was a little subdued in this one, perhaps down in the dumps over the now Atletico Madrid player, Luis Suarez missing Saturday's LaLiga clash with Barcelona due to a positive COVID-19 test.
That game is live, live, live on beIN SPORTS on Saturday with coverage beginning from 2:30PM ET.