Jose Mourinho will not want any more international games for some time, after losing three defenders during this break. Both of the central strikers for Real Madrid also picked up knocks but they are not as serious.
Having already lost Marcelo for three months and Coentrao for a month, Mourinho was having to think about shifting around his remaining defenders to accommodate. Last night we lost our right back Arbeloa to a muscle problem and he could be out for three weeks.
It means that Mourinho will have to bring in inexperienced players while others may have to play out of position. Nacho Casado will be called up from the reserves, and Albiol or Varane can come into the centre of defence. Ramos used to be a right back so could move over, or Essien could drop back.
All three first choice defenders will miss the next two league games against Celta Vigo and Mallorca, along with both Champions league games against Borussia Dortmund. This is now a crucial stage in the season for Real Madrid and Mourinho.
Benzema was substituted with a knee problem but he thinks he will be ok, but probably not in time for Saturday. Higuain picked up a knock last week but played for Argentina yesterday so should be alright to play. With Khedira also struggling to be fit, Mourinho has alot of thinking to do in the coming weeks.