Isco, new father, out of the Real Madrid call for the Elche clash

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Isco has withdrawn from the Real Madrid squad for Wednesday’s LaLiga clash with Elche after becoming a father.

The 28-year-old was included in Zinedine Zidane’s 24-man group for the match at the Manuel Martínez Valero Stadium.

Zidane hinted that he would give Isco minutes as part of his squad rotation, and the 28-year-old will be restricted to just three starts in all competitions this period.

However, the Spanish international did not travel to Alicante this Wednesday and his absence was explained by Madrid on its official website.

“Isco is not part of Real Madrid’s traveling party for tonight’s LaLiga matchday 16 match against Elche at the Martínez Valero,” read a statement from the club.

“The Malaga-born man was initially included in Zinedine Zidane’s 24-man squad, but it is a last-minute retirement after becoming a father.”

Isco has been strongly linked to a move away from Madrid in the January window after being used just 11 times in all competitions this period.

Arsenal are rumored to be considering an initial loan deal for the playmaker, who is goalless and one assist in 10 LaLiga games in 2020-21, only three of them as a starter.

Isco averages 1.65 chances created every 90 minutes in LaLiga since the start of last season, ranking behind Toni Kroos (2.22), Luka Modric (1.84), Lucas Vázquez (1.8) and Rodrygo Goes (1.69) among Madridistas who have played at least 10 times.

In his seven and a half years at Madrid, meanwhile, only Karim Benzema (60), Cristiano Ronaldo (47) and Toni Kroos (46) have given more LaLiga assists to the Whites than Isco (42), who has created 306 times in 217 games (1.4 per game).

Madrid travel to Elche tied on points with the leader Atlético, who has two games to play.

Eden Hazard is among those vying to play a role in the Spanish giants’ final game of 2020 after recovering from his eighth injury loss in 16 months.

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