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Real Madrid: Marcelo and Lucas eyeing return against Valencia

Both players are making progress with their respective recoveries and could be ready to return for the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Valencia on 8 January.

Real Madrid: Marcelo and Lucas eyeing return against Valencia
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Real Madrid saw 2019 out with one final training session in Valdebebas on Tuesday - the second session following the Christmas break in which Marcelo Vieira and Lucas Vázquez completed part of the workout with the main group. The pair spent the remainder of both sessions exercising apart from their team mates out on the practice pitches at Real Madrid City.

Getafe away - Real Madrid's first game of 2020

Madrid opened the doors of the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium in Valdebebas to the public for the annual Open Day. Around 5,300 fans watched the players taken through light exercise drills but it was business as usual on Tuesday as Zidane's team started preparations for Saturday's league meeting with Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez - the first game of the New Year.

Zidane will be without Marcelo and Lucas Vázquez for the Getafe match. Both players are nearing the end of their respective rehabilitation programmes and medical staff are hopeful that they will be availble for this month's Spanish Super Cup which this year, will be played in Saudi Arabia. Madrid make their debut in the tournament on Wednesday 8 January against Valencia. Two players who won't be playing any part in that match are Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio, both continue being treated for long-term physical problems.

Hazard: "See you soon"

Yesterday, the club shared a video on social media of Hazard training hard inside the gym. The Belgian looked happy and even turned to the camera to tell fans, "See you soon".

Real Madrid return to Valdebebas later this evening for a training session which will start at the later time of 17:00 hours.