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Real Madrid team news ahead of Valladolid clash

The latest news on Kroos, Militao, Mariano and Marcelona as Real Madrid continue preparations ahead of Wednesday's clash with Valladolid.

Real Madrid team news ahead of Valladolid clash
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With Real Madrid facing two games in the space of five days, Zinedine Zidane has not wanted to overwork his players in preparations for Wednesday’s home clash with Ronaldo Nazario’s Valladolid at the Estadio Alfredo De Stéfano.

Following Sunday’s controversial last-gasp win against Real Betis, Tuesday’s session focused on tactical work with the ball and a muscle recovery session, as the players worked under the warmth of the late September Madrid sun for the second consecutive day.

Kroos and Mariano out

Zidane will definitely be without Toni Kroos and Mariano. After Kroos had to be replaced in first-half stoppage time against Betis at the Villamarín on Saturday, the club issued a statement on Tuesday to confirm that the German midfielder has an issue in the gluteal region.

He is expected to be out for 10 to 15 days meaning he will miss both the Valladolid and Levante clashes this week and could be a concern for Germany during the international break next week.

Mariano, who is still recovering at home after recent tonsil surgery, will also be unavailable for Wednesday.

Militao doubtful while Marcelo returns

Eder Militao is still recovering after the Brazilian suffered a hard blow to the adductor in the friendly against Getafe. He has not stepped on the grass since that game and during Tuesday’s session worked alone indoors – meaning he is unlikely to make the squad for Wednesday.

Meanwhile, his compatriot, Marcelo, is expected to return against Valladolid after the veteran full back had to pull out of the squad at the last minute last Saturday due to a back issue.