Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that captain Sergio Ramos will return from injury when facing rivals Barcelona in El Clசிகsico in La Liga on Saturday.
Ramos were knocked out at half-time in Madrid’s 1-0 La Liga defeat last weekend, and they were absent as they crashed into Shakhtar Donetsk’s side in Wednesday’s fall in the Champions League. However, he took full part in Friday’s training.
“He is our captain, our captain. He was injured, but obviously we will not take any risk. He will be with us. You need players who are 100% fit and Sergio,” Zidane told a news conference.
Although Ramos will be welcomed back, he will be without several first-team controllers for the trip to Real Now camp, which will include Eden Hazard, Danny Carvajal, Alvaro Otriosola and Martin Odeguard.
Zidane came under intense scrutiny last week, with some reports suggesting his job could be in jeopardy if he tastes defeat in Catalonia, although the Frenchman insisted he must have the full support of his players and the club’s team.
“I have won a lot with these players. They have won a lot for me. I will always be with them till the last. They just fight, run, fight and I can feel their support,” he said.
“But the most important thing right now is the dynamic change, we ‘ve got good games that can do that, and that’s what makes football so great. When things go wrong, you have to show your character and quality.
“… I can not deny that people say my future is in danger, but it was the same as last year, and here it was like my first spell. I have to do my job and forget everything.”
Barcelona, meanwhile, have Jordi Alba back in the game, but those without him for a long time will be without Marc-Andre der Stegen and Samuel Eto’o.