Real Madrid are looking to bounce back from their consecutive defeats against Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk with a Clasico win over Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Saturday. On Thursday, they were back at Valdebebas to begin preparations for that match.
All eyes are on Sergio Ramos after he had to be substituted off at half time of the Cadiz defeat last Saturday, having suffered a blow to the knee.
That meant he didn’t feature at all against Shakhtar Donetsk and had to watch from the stands as his teammates lost without him once again in the Champions League. It’s now seven out of eight matches that Los Blancos have lost in Europe when their captain has been missing.
On Thursday, Ramos worked on his own at Valdebebas. He didn’t train with the rest of the group and instead performed individual drills, with and without the ball.
The plan now is for the centre-back to work with the rest of the group on Friday, the day before El Clasico. Unless playing in this match against Barcelona is deemed a major risk then Ramos is expected to play this weekend. He has played when feeling less than 100 percent before, so nobody is doubting the 34-year-old’s commitment.
If he does make it then it’ll be his 45th Clasico, which will extend the record that he already holds.
The other injured players
It’s not just Ramos that Zinedine Zidane has on his medical report right now, though. The coach is also without Mariano, Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal, Martin Odegaard and Alvaro Odriozola, who all worked inside the facilities on Thursday.
They’ll continue working with a view to the upcoming matches, with Real Madrid facing yet another tough fixture just after the Clasico as they’ll fly to Germany for a Tuesday night Champions League Group B game against Borussia Monchengladbach.