Spanish giants Real Madrid have, on Saturday, been afforded some altogether mixed news on the personnel front.
Carlo Ancelotti’s troops will mark their return to action tomorrow evening, in a La Liga meeting with Girona at the Bernabeu.
With Clasico rivals Barcelona continuing to breathe down their necks at the summit of the Spanish top-flight, Los Blancos, for obvious reasons, will be desperate to bag all three points come the full-time whistle in Spain’s capital.
Such efforts, however, are set to come sans the services of at least one key member of the club’s squad.
This comes amid widespread confirmation that Karim Benzema, fresh off clinching the first Ballon d’Or trophy of his career, has suffered a minor setback in his recovery from injury.
The Frenchman, after sitting out Real’s last two outings, will therefore once more be unavailable for selection on Sunday, keen to take as few risks as possible ahead of next month’s World Cup.
Whilst one star member of Ancelotti’s attacking ranks is ruled out, though, another has declared himself fit in altogether timely fashion.
Youngster Rodrygo was labelled as a major doubt to feature against Girona over the course of the last 48 hours, after coming down with a bout of illness.
Taking to social media on Saturday evening, though, the Brazilian assured that he has fully recovered, ready to play his part in a predicted Real victory:
‘Good afternoon Madridistas! I got a little sick tonight, but now I’m 100% fine. Tomorrow we go together for another 3 points in La Liga. GO MADRID!’