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Modric arrives in Madrid: "I'm ready for the derby"

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was allowed to skip Croatia's friendly against Northern Ireland and returned to the Spanish capital on Sunday

Modric arrives in Madrid: "I'm ready for the derby"

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric flew back to the Spanish capital on Sunday afternoon after being freed from international duty by his country. He's been recovering from having knee surgery last month.

Modric played only a half against Iceland

Croatia coach Cacic only put Modric on for the second half against Iceland, with the midfielder only having played 28 minutes against Leganés since going under the knife. He looked in good shape. Cacic has now freed the Real Madrid star, meaning he doesn't have to play Croatia's friendly against Northern Ireland.

Modric in action against Iceland

Modric ready for Atlético Madrid game

Modric was upbeat upon arrival: "I'm good, I'm ready for the derby". Added to his performance against Iceland, it looks like one of Zidane's injury headaches has disappeared and Modric will be 100% for the match against Atleti.

Kovacic didn't come back with Modric

Modric's Croatian and Real Madrid teammate Kovacic had been expected to come home on the same flight, after his ankle knock flared up having played the first half against Iceland. In the end Kovacic will come home on Monday, having been freed by Croatia, but unable to catch the same plane as Modric. Despite Kovacic feeling discomfort in his ankle, the Croatian medical services are convinced he'll also be fit for the Atleti match.

Real Madrid missing key players

Zidane is currently without Casemiro (though he hopes to be back for the Atleti match) and Kroos, who has a broken foot.