Eyes are now firmly fixed on this Sunday's LaLiga clash with Real Sociedad (Bernabéu, 20:45) following Real Madrid’s elimination from the Copa del Rey at the hands of Celta on Wednesday night.
However, Zidane’s side – who returned to training in preparation for the top-five encounter on Thursday morning – will again have to do without the seven injured first-team players who missed the midweek cup game.
While James Rodriguez and Varane are the closest to returning (both worked in the gym on Thursday), neither will be ready in time, while Carvajal, Pepe, Marcelo, Modric and Bale all continue with their various stages of recovery.
Castilla players Enzo Zidane, Tejero and Achraf (who was called up to the Madrid cup squad this week) all took part in the day’s session to make up the numbers. Young fullback Achraf could be handed another chance to make his competitive debut on Sunday after being an unused sub in the loss to Celta.