The right-back joined the squad to take part in the pre-session warm-up exercises ahead of tomorrow’s LaLiga meeting with Getafe.

Real Madrid gets advantage from Dani

In the midst of a crisis in defence, there was a glimmer of hope for Zidane this morning. Dani Carvajal took part in the warm-up exercises ahead of today’s training session in preparation for tomorrow’s league clash with Getafe. The defender, who injured his right thigh muscle and tendon in the meeting with Valencia a couple of months ago, joined his team mates for the pre-session rondos. It was a positive to see Carvajal, who has been training apart since February, back with the squad in Valdebebas.

The Real Madrid coach has the nightmare task of putting together a defence with practically all of his first choice options unavailable. Lucas Vázquez, who has been filling in at right-back in Carvajal’s absence, is out for the rest of the season. Fede Valverde stepped into that role against Liverpool at Anfield (Odriozola came on as a late sub), but with Casemiro serving a ban after being sent off in last week’s Clasico, the Uruguayan is expected to return to the midfield.

In central defence, Varane and Ramos, who both tested positive for coronavirus, remain sidelined. On top of that, Nacho is serving a suspension after picking up his fifth booking against Barcelona last weekend. Nacho and Casemiro didn’t take part in today’s session. Militao is the only available central defender who is available. Castilla’s Víctor Chust (who partnered the Brazilian in the Copa del Rey tie against Alcoyano) joined reserve team players Alcazar and Víctor in the session. In total, 21 players participated in today’s workout.

Chelsea will play with Two Americans against Los Blancos

For the first time in history, there will be two United States men’s national team players in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Christian Pulisic helped Chelsea book their ticket on Tuesday against Porto and the Premier League side advanced on aggregate. Their opponent in the two-legged semi-final will be Real Madrid and the first game is scheduled for 27 April.