Sergio Ramos remains a doubt ahead of Real Madrid’s El Clasico meeting with Barcelona at the weekend.
The two sides go head-to-head at the Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon in what looks likely to be an early key clash in the race for the La Liga crown.
However, Los Blancos are set to be without their captain, according to Marca, with Ramos still stepping up his recovery from injury. The 34-year-old was withdrawn with a knock in the 1-0 defeat against Cadiz earlier this month, leading him to miss the 3-2 loss to Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League.
The centre-back is now training away from the main group to make sure that he can improve his fitness without aggravating the injury but it does look likely that he will be restricted to the sidelines, instead potentially returning against Borussia Monchengladbach next week.
Ramos’ absence is the latest in a long line of injury worries for Zinedine Zidane, with Dani Carvajal, Eden Hazard, Martin Odegaard, Mariano Diaz and Alvaro Odriozola all ruled out for the match.
The Real boss though will be keen to see his side bounce back from back-to-back defeats. At the current time, the reigning La Liga champions sit at a price of 12/5 with William Hill to win the latest instalment of El Clasico.