Real Madrid squad has already travelled to Germany to face Borussia Dortmund in the most difficult game of the season so far. The match is also the toughest in the Champions League group stage because the German side should the the main rival to get the first place in the group. Therefore, it’s a very important game.
Zinedine Zidane has called the whole squad available to travel to Germany. The main news is that Fabio Coentrao is included in the list for the first time of the season and has boarded in the plane to Dortmund. The Portuguese left back got injured in the 13th of April in a training session with his former club. Since then, the defender hasn’t played any minute.
Fabio Coentrao suffered a serious harmstring injury in his right leg, so he needed some time to train and recover from the injury. Finally, the Portuguese is back to the list, although is very unlikely that Zidane can choose him after so much time stopped. It’s very important for the team to recover Fabio Coentrao, especially at this moment, when Marcelo is still injured and there is no other left back in the squad.
At the moment, Nacho, Carvajal or Danilo were covering this position in the last games, but none of them are left-footed. Coentrao suffered several injuries when playing for Real Madrid in the past but he was a key player in the important games, because of his defensive skills. Actually, against Bayern Munich three years ago, Coentrao played one of the best games of his career giving an assist to Karim Benzema opener goal.
The only two players not included in the list are Casemiro and Marcelo. Both Brazilian players are still injured and cannot participate this week. Real Madrid already suffered their absence in Las Palmas and it will be very interesting to know how Zidane will replace Casemiro in Dortmund. The French coach will have to pick four player who cannot seat on the bench in the Signal Iduna Park.
This is the list:
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Casilla Yáñez.
Defenders: Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Danilo Coentrão.
Midfielders: Kroos, James, Kovacic, Modric, Asensio, Isco.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vázquez, Mariano and Morata