Real duo remain sidelined

Real duo remain sidelined


Gareth Bale and Pepe look set to miss tomorrow’s La Liga clash with Granada as they continue their recoveries from injury.

Bale suffered a calf injury two weeks ago and remains hopeful he will be able to play some part in his team’s Champions League clash with Roma. He has been on an individualised training programme to build up his strength but the game at Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes will come too soon for him.

Pepe picked up a foot problem which Los Blancos confirmed in a statement earlier this week after he had been sent for assessments. No time line has been put on his return although it is not believed the centre back will be out for a significant period of time.

A statement on the Real Madrid website gave an update on the team’s preparations ahead of the match and confirmed the injured duo focused on their recovery.

“Real Madrid held the third training session of the week as they continue to prepare for the league game against Granada, which will take place this Sunday at the Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium. Zinedine Zidane called up the Real Madrid Castilla player Mariano in a session where the focus was placed on ball work. Bale and Pepe continue with their rehabilitation process,” it read.

And it continued: “The session started with physical work out on the field. This was followed up by the Whites players carrying out possession and pressing exercises before various one against ones finishing on goal. Later on in the session they concentrated on tactical work and ended with some crossing and finishing.”

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