Madrid’s Pepe, Coentrao to miss Racing visit

AP, Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Real Madrid will be without defender Pepe and midfielder Fabio Coentrao for Wednesday’s Spanish league game at Racing Santander after both players picked up injuries at the weekend

Pepe

The club said they both pulled muscles in their left legs during a 1-0 loss at Levante.

Defensive midfielder Sami Khedira will also miss out as he serves a one-game ban for his red card during Sunday’s game.

Playing down the absences, Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said: “It isn’t a problem … the important thing is that those who do play do it well.”

Madrid is three points behind league leaders Valencia and Real Betis, and one point behind Barcelona and Sevilla after three weeks.

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