Mariano, in a match with Madrid on March 1 in Valdebebas.AFP7 via Europa Press / Europa Press
Four days before a key derby for their future in the League, Real Madrid do not have any healthy strikers.
The last to fall was Mariano, who suffers a muscle injury to the left external shutter, according to the club.
The estimated time out is about 10 days, with which it is possible that he will reach the second leg of the Champions League against Atalanta, on March 16.
This news occurs when it is still unknown if Benzema will be in a position to face Atlético this Sunday at Wanda (16.15, Movistar LaLiga).
The Frenchman, in the infirmary for two weeks, has not yet trained with the group.
This Thursday he exercised individually on and off the Valdebebas grass, along with Hazard and Sergio Ramos.
For his part, Carvajal continues with his recovery inside the facilities.
This mishap, the number 40 for whites this season (most of them muscular in nature), further exacerbates the hole in the team's attacking zone.
Although the Hispanic Dominican is far from being a priority in Zinedine Zidane's plans, he was the only healthy nine in the first team after Benzema's fall.
Real Madrid started the season with four forwards, but Jovic and Mayoral left on loan to Eintracht and Roma, respectively, and Mariano and the Frenchman are now injured.
The physical problems of Benzema and the departures of the other battering rams, especially Jovic, have granted the youth squad some opportunities this season that he did not enjoy last time, after the entity invited him to leave in both.
This course already adds 535 minutes compared to the stunted 84 of the past.
The biggest showcase, however, has not triggered its numbers.
The seven titles and 15 games played in total have barely given him a goal to celebrate, against Villarreal at La Cerámica (1-1), the same figure as the previous season.
In a player whose catalog is limited almost exclusively to the scorer facet, his income is very insufficient.
The distrust of Zizou and his poor records led the French coach to rehearse in the first leg against Atalanta a scheme without a pure striker.
He left Mariano on the bench and took Isco out of the storage room, whom he placed as a false nine.
Five days later, in front of the Real Sociedad, he returned to the classic drawing with the Hispanic Dominican at the top.
There was even a gap for the soccer player from the subsidiary Hugo Duro, who appeared for a few minutes in the last three duels.
But with none of the variants he found the goal, which in Madrid only has Benzema, author of 17 of the 57 goals for his team this season.