Depleted Real Madrid win again in La Liga

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La Liga champions Real Madrid are celebrating another win but lamenting yet another injury.

Madrid continued their recent good form with a 2-0 win over Valencia but coach Zinedine Zidane saw his already depleted squad lose another player.

Dani Carvajal was injured before halftime in what had been his return to action after being sidelined since the beginning of the year.

"As a coach, I don't understand it," Zidane said.

"There are too many injuries.

"I'm worried because when you lose a player, it upsets you.

"I'm sorry for Carva, he is an important player for us.

"I can't explain all these injuries."

Carvajal, who apparently felt a similar muscle injury that had kept him out of seven matches, was among a group of almost 10 players unavailable for Zidane in recent matches.

That group includes captain Sergio Ramos and playmaker Eden Hazard.

Like most clubs, Madrid are enduring a tight schedule prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

"I won't get into that," Zidane said.

"We've already got a lot going on. It is what it is.

"We didn't have a normal pres-eason and we have a lot of injuries."

Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos scored the first-half goals as Madrid comfortably beat Valencia to close the gap on leaders Atletico Madrid to five points.

Valencia have won only two of their past 14 league matches to be 13th, just three points above the drop zone.

Elsewhere, Alexander Isak scored a 30th-minute winner as Real Sociedad won 1-0 at Getafe to move past Villarreal and into fifth place.

Real Betis are seventh and moved closer to the European spots by winning 2-1 at Villarreal with goals from Nabil Fekir just before halftime and Emerson Royal early in the second half.

Betis is seventh, three points behind sixth-place Villarreal, which hasn't won in five straight league games.

Ante Budimir scored in the second half as Osasuna beat Levante 1-0 in a mid-table battle.