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Modric in race to be ready for Leganés match in LaLiga

Real Madrid midfielder Modric is training at the same rate as James and Marcelo as he looks to get back to full fitness after his knee operation.

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Modric in race to be ready for Leganés match in LaLiga
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Modric racing to get fit for Real Madrid - Leganés

Modric training

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is racing to get fit and can now see the light at the end of the tunnel as he recovers from the operation he underwent on his left knee back on 2 October. The Croatian has been out training on the grass for a week, and is now training at the same rate as James and Marcelo, who missed the trip to Warsaw (where Real Madrid drew 3-3 with Legia in the Champions League) with a groin strain and a cold respectively. 

Alongside them were Lucas Silva, who has been given the all clear by doctors over his heart, and Moha, Juvenil B (under 18) keeper. 

Zidane won't decide on Modric until the last minute

The five did circuit training, both with and without the ball, and ball control and shooting exercises. Modric is desperate to be back in action this weekend, in Sunday's 12 noon LaLiga clash with Leganés, however Zidane will wait till the last minute before deciding, to see how Modric's knee has reacted. The coach doesn't want to force him back before he's ready and end up losing him again. 

Zidane worried about Croatia call-up

Zidane has another worry though, with Ante Cacic, the Croatia coach, likely to call up Modric for the World Cup qualifying games against Iceland and Northern Ireland, to be played on 12 and 15 November, with the Madrid coach worried that Modric will end up playing most or all of both games, after a month out, with potentially negative effects. 

Sergio Ramos training outdoors

Sergio Ramos, who suffered a grade II knee strain trained on the grass, with and without the ball. Casemiro (broken leg) and Pepe (hamstring strain) continued their respective recoveries in the gym.