Zinedine Zidane is recovering little by little all the players injured in these weeks and most of them should be ready to face Napoli in the 15th of February in the Champions League Last 16 Round. Pepe and James Rodríguez worked again with the group and should be ready to travel to Vigo on Sunday, whereas Luka Modric is also expected to be available.
The good news came also with Marcelo and Dani Carvajal. The Brazilian got injured against Málaga and he was diagnosed with 3 or 4 weeks of absence. However, he has shorten the times and Marcelo is already working in the pitch, so he should be fit to meet Napoli. Carvajal should be also available for the game: “If everything goes well, next Tuesday I’ll train with the team. I’m working hard to go back”, Carvajal said this week.
With the right back and left back available, Zidane will have the full defense for the clash in Champions League. Nacho, Danilo or even Lucas Vázquez had to play in the wings to cover the absence. Now with Pepe also recovered, Zizou will have to decide the best players for the defense.
The only injury concern will be Gareth Bale. The Welshman had surgery in his ankle back in November and he should be out of the pitch at least 3 months. However, the recovery is going faster than expected and he could join the group the next week. Nevertheless, the managers want to be patient with Gareth Bale, so he should miss the game against Napoli and reappear in the next fixture against Espanyol at home.
Bale’s recovery would be very important for Real Madrid, because he was the best player for Los Blancos at the start of the season. When Cristiano Ronaldo was injured, the Welshman took the responsibility and scored some important goals for the team. Now, Los Blancos are missing him, especially with Benzema’s drought and Cristiano Ronaldo’s problems. So the BBC should be back by mid February.