Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos and Casemiro did not train with their Real Madrid teammates on Thursday (14 April), the club has confirmed. However, reports suggest the absences are just a precaution, and the foursome are expected to be available for the weekend's La Liga match with Getafe.
Los Blancos were holding their first training session since Tuesday's Champions League 3-0 victory over Wolfsburg, which saw them overcome a 2-0 first-leg deficit and book a place in the tournament's semi-finals alongside Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid. Modric, Ramos and Casemiro all played key roles in the comeback, while CR7 scored a hat-trick to secure victory.
However, after Zinedine Zidane handed his squad a day off on Wednesday to recuperate, the club has now revealed the quartet did not play a part in Thursday's workout with the team.
"Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos trained using the indoor facilities, while Casemiro undertook a series of running drills alone on the pitch," the club revealed. It also added that Zidane "called up Real Madrid Castilla players Martin Odegaard, Enzo Fernandez and Marcos Llorente" to cover their absences in the session. Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane took part in the session after the duo overcame minor injuries to return to action against Wolfsburg,
The club failed to explain the absences in their official statement, but AS suggests that the four Real Madrid stars are expected to be fit to make the squad for the Saturday game against Getafe. It is understood Zidane does not want to take any risk at this point of the season with Ronaldo and three other crucial players who have been recently been hampered by some minor troubles.
Zidane's side visit Getafe on Saturday with the chance to add more pressure to Barcelona at the top of the table. A Los Blancos victory against La Liga's second-from-bottom side would see them close the gap on the leaders to just one point, as Barca will not play their weekend game with Valencia until Sunday.
Real Madrid, who are currently four points behind Barcelona and one behind Atletico Madrid, have won their last six games in the league, including El Clasico away against the Catalans. Luis Enrique's side, meanwhile, have secured just one point from their last three matches in La Liga, while on Wednesday they were knocked out from the Champions League by Los Colchoneros.