After some weeks with the nursery room full, Zinedine Zidane has all the squad available except Gareth Bale, who is already running around the pitch. Daniel Carvajal was the last one to join the full group and he’ll be available to play against Osasuna on Saturday.
The postponement of the game against Celta didn’t bring only bad news. The clash against Napoli is only one week away and Zidane will have to solve a puzzle and decide which players should be on the pitch. Finally, after a lot of weeks, every singles footballer is available, except the Welshman.
However, Real Madrid are optimistic with Bale’s situation. The Welsh international is already training in the gym and in the training ground. He could play again after the game in Champions League, perhaps against Espanyol.
Los Blancos had 13 days to rest from the game against Real Sociedad until the trip to Pamplona to face Osasuna. Dani Carvajal, Marcelo and Luka Modric were injured but they’ve got over their injury problems and all of them are available now. Toni Kroos is the only player, who can’t travel to Pamplona due to suspension.
James Rodríguez is also back with the team after two different injuries in his soleum. The Colombian playmaker started the year with some good performances, but he hasn’t played any minute in La Liga since the 7th of January. There is a place in the starting eleven because of Kroos’ absence but Kovacic is expected to start instead.
The problems in the defensive line have also disappeared. Pepe, Carvajal and Marcelo are back to the team, so the Real Madrid supporters won’t have to see again Danilo for a while. Coentrao is also back to the group, although he’s not expected to be in the line-up in the next games. Perhaps, the unfair situation about this is that Nacho will be back to the bench, although he’s been one of the best players of the team.