Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has returned to training after three months on the sidelines due to injury.
The 29-year-old suffered a thigh injury back in November, during Croatia’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.
In his absence, Los Blancos broke a run of 22 straight wins in all competitions and suffered a wobbly start to 2015, being knocked out of the Copa del Rey and reducing their lead in La Liga down to one point.
Thus, Modric’s return is great news for Carlo Ancelotti, who has struggled to find balance in midfield without the Croatian. Sami Khedira and Asier Illarramendi have not performed as expected when replacing Modric and new signing Lucas Silva is still adapting to Madrid.
Modric first training day at Valdebebas since November took place the day after Real Madrid’s victory over Schalke in the Champions League.
The Croatia international completed a part of the training session with the team, but opted out of the match on a miniature pitch to jog alone.
Real Madrid doctors have not revealed yet when Modric will be fit to return to action, although it seems like he would still need to spend a couple of weeks more recovering.
The other four injured players -James Rodriguez, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao and Khedira- completed a specific training session in the gym.