Luka Modric
Luka Modric ready to play against Eibar. Getty


  • Casemiro and Marcelo remain out.
  • Zinedine Zidane's side host the Basque side following a draw with Borussia Dortmund.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has received a double boost ahead of Sunday's (2 October) game with Eibar, with Luka Modric and Alvaro Morata both taking part in Friday's training session. However, Casemiro and Marcelo both continue their respective rehab away from their teammates and are ruled out for the weekend.

Los Blancos host Eibar on Sunday on the back of three disappointing draws against Villarreal, Las Palmas and Borussia Dortmund.

Modric played the whole game Champions League game against the Bundesliga side on Tuesday night, while Morata came on in the dying minutes of the match to replace Karim Benzema. However, following a day off, Real Madrid informed media on Thursday that the duo had been unable to train with the rest of the teammates.

The news sparked speculation about the duo's availability for Eibar. However, it looks as if they only had minor issues as the club have now revealed that both were back on Friday morning.

Marcelo, meanwhile, undertook some light training on his own as the left-back continued his recovery from the muscle strain he suffered against Villarreal, having missed both the following matches against Las Palmas and Dortmund.

The defender is expected to be back after the international break. However, Casemiro's return looks further off. The midfielder has already missed the last three games due a fracture to the central third of his left fibula.


"Real Madrid trained at Real Madrid City and continued preparations for their La Liga clash with Éibar, which takes place on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabéu. Marcelo, who is still in the process of recovery, ran alone out on the pitch whilst doing basic exercises with the ball. The session also saw Modric and Morata rejoin the group," the club confirmed.

Modric's availability is especially important for Zidane amid the absence of Casemiro in his midfield. Morata may only play in the latter stages against Eibar as Karim Benzema remains ahead of him the pecking order to partner Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in the Real Madrid attack.