It’s been a bad week for Real Madrid and fans and players alike must be looking forward to Saturday’s match against Rayo Vallecano to get back to winning ways and put the two recent setbacks behind them.
One person who has had a particularly bad week is Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez, and today’s Madrid papers suggest it is time for Iker Casillas to return in goal. Lopez has conceded six goals in his last two games from just nine shots at goal.
He has also been at fault for some of the goals in Madrid’s biggest games this season – the long range effort from Gabi when Los Blancos played Atletico de Madrid was an effort he should really have done better with.
Marca and AS both say the Madridista fans want to see a return for Casillas, who has had to play a bit-part role for more than a year.
Elsewhere, there is some concern over Cristiano Ronaldo’s level of fitness. He is believed to be suffering from tendonitis in his knee, an injury he has had previously. According to the papers, he is managing to keep the problem under control by doing extra gym work focusing on the area, but everyone will have their fingers crossed it doesn’t turn into anything more serious.