Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has started training with the ball again as he steps up his bid to be fit for this weekend’s El Clasico.
Madrid suffered in their skipper’s absence as they kicked off their Champions League campaign with a shock 3-2 loss at home to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Ramos was forced off with a knee injury in Madrid’s previous league match with Cadiz and Eder Militao and Raphael Varane started at the heart of the defence at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium on Wednesday night.
Zinedine Zidane is confident Ramos will be available to face Barcelona and the veteran centre-back was pictured training alone at Madrid’s training base this morning – before the main group got to work in the afternoon.
The Spain international performed drills both with and without the ball, with Madrid’s coaching staff keen to step up the intensity of his training sessions ahead of their trip to the Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon.
Though there are fears Ramos will be far from 100 per cent fit for the clash, he’s desperate to help turn Madrid’s shaky start to the season around and is ready to put his body on the line for his team.
Zidane accepted the blame for Madrid’s defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk and said he and his players to be criticised for the their below-par performance in the Group B encounter.
‘I did not see the team as I wanted and when you do not see the team as you wanted it is your fault,’ the Frenchman said.
‘It’s a bad game, a bad night. I’m the coach and it’s up to me to find the solution.
‘We deserve the criticism, all of us, and me first and foremost.
‘I am responsible and I have to look for solutions because that cannot happen.’