MADRID – Real Madrid’s Spanish right-back Daniel Carvajal joined Friday’s team practice for the second day in a row, which saw the partial participation of Brazilian left-back Marcelo and French center-back Raphael Varane.
Carvajal seems to have recovered from his left soleus muscle injury that sidelined him since Oct. 2, while Argentine interim head coach Santiago Solari has yet to decide whether or not to include Carvajal in Sunday’s match roster, in addition to including Luka Modric and Isco Alarcon.
“The Whites, with Carvajal back training with the group... did crossing and finishing exercises before ending with a game,” Real Madrid said on its official website.
“Marcelo and Varane joined the group for part of the session and also did some work alone. (Dominican striker) Mariano and (Spanish defender Jesus) Vallejo who did the warm-up with their teammates, worked individually out on the pitch,” the statement added.
Los Blancos are set to square off against Celta Vigo at Balaidos stadium in a La Liga match Sunday, which is the last game before the upcoming international break.
Following a winless skid that lasted five matches in La Liga under Lopetegui, Solari’s Real Madrid earned three wins in a row; over third-tier UD Melilla in the Copa del Rey (4-0), Real Valladolid in La Liga (2-0) and Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League (5-0), respectively.
Real Madrid currently holds the sixth overall spot in the Spanish La Liga standings at 17 points, with a seven-point deficit behind the leader, FC Barcelona.