Real Madrid in brief: Celta, referee, injuries, James value

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Real Madrid in brief: Celta, referee, injuries, James value

Real Madrid's Nacho Fernández and Enzo Zidane train under the direction of coach Zinedine Zidane.



With a big performance required in Vigo from Zidane's men, we look at some of the news surrounding the club ahead of the Copa del Rey quarter final second leg.

Ahead of tonight's Copa del Rey quarter final second leg, we round up the latest news surrounding Real Madrid, the players and their opposition on the night, Celta Vigo.

Seven out for the Copa

Zidane will have to do without seven first-team players for the game tonight in Vigo. Bale, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo, James, Carvajal and Modric all out injured wiht the onus on the rest of the selected squad to turn around a 1-2 deficit.

Still out: Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale grimaces as he lies on the pitch during the UEFA Champions League game against Sporting CP in November 2016.

The Madrid squad left for business this morning at 11:00 local time to catch a flight from Barajas airport. When they land in Vigo they will head directly to the Hotel Pazo de los Escudos.

Experience door opens

With so many players missing, tonight could be the chance for Enzo Zidane and Achraf to grab a headline or two. They have both been included in the travelling squad of 19 players although more for experience and are unlikely to see any pitch time.

Zidane and Achraf at Real Madrid training.

Copa del Rey whistle-blower

The referee for tonight's game will be José María Sánchez Martínez. The man from Murcia has overseen a draw and a loss for Celta before as well as three victories and a draw for Madrid.

Calm it down lads. José María Sánchez Martínez

Losing a third of yourself

Recent analysis of Transfermarkt, the website specialising in keeping track of players' values among other elements, has shown a marked drop in that of James Rodriguez. In the last 12 months his valuation has fallen from 80 million euros to 50 million. Even with the trophy haul that Cristiano Ronaldo had in 2016, he too has seen his perceived value fall.


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