Being keen to shield injury information from the public is something that has been in evidence for many years at all LaLiga Santander clubs but Real Madrid have taken it a step further, if possible, this week.
That is because the club decided not to inform the public of the players who are on medical leave.
At El Alcoraz on Sunday, they will be without Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Sergio Reguilon and Mariano.
The first two didn’t play against Valencia nor against Melilla and nor will they take to the field against Huesca on Sunday.
Marcelo was injured in Rome, but without official confirmation of it.
He worked out with the team in training this week but hasn’t made the match day squad.
For his part, the last time we saw Toni Kroos was on Friday, November 30, when he trained with a bandage on his knee.
A day later, he was declared until to face Valencia but Real Madrid made no report on his fitness either.
The player himself had to use social media to make it clear to supporters hat he is injured, suffering from knee problems and assured that he would return soon.
However, nothing else is known about the German or his condition.
Those are two Real starters who have missed three games through injury but without the club issuing a report on them.
In the case of Reguilon, it is more or less the same.
He was left out of the squad against Melilla and since then, hasn’t appeared, until he was called on against Huesca.
The last man on that list is Mariano, who is not fit enough to feature on Sunday either.
The striker couldn’t complete the game against Melilla and went jogging alone on Saturday at Valdebebas but nothing is known about his condition.
It is a further step in the politics of obscuration at Real Madrid, which was its most evident when Jose Mourinho was in charge and wanted to monitor the content of the medical reports for himself.
With Santiago Solari, injuries have only been confirmed in the case of Nacho, Reguilon and Casemiro.
At Barcelona, for example, they usually even confirm the expected layoff time for the player in their reports.
But in Madrid, the injuries are top secret.