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Bale, Pepe still absent from training and out of Granada trip

The Wales international continues his recovery from a calf complaint, while the Portuguese centre-back is yet to overcome a niggling foot problem.

Bale, Pepe still absent from training and out of Granada trip
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Gareth Bale and Pepe remained absent from the Real Madrid group in training on Friday as they continue their fitness recoveries.

With the Welshman still recuperating from an injury in his right soleus muscle and the defender yet to beat a persistent plantar fascia issue, the pair are unavailable for Sunday's La Liga game away to Granada on Sunday.

In a light session at Ciudad Real Madrid, Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane included Castilla goalscorer Mariano Díaz, a player the Frenchman knows well from his time as head coach of the club's reserve team.

Real training got underway with physical work out on the field at Valdebebas. This was followed by possession and pressing exercises, before one-on-one drills in which the players' aim was to find the net.

The squad then focused in on tactical work and concluded the practice with crossing and finishing.