Eden Hazard has returned to training following a lengthy injury lay-off, while Real Madrid have been able to welcome Sergio Ramos back to the fold.
Hazard signed from Chelsea in June but missed a chunk earlier in the season because of hamstring injury and has been out of action since November with an ankle dilemma.
The forward has been limited to just 13 appearances across all contests for Los Blancos, scoring one goal.
But, Hazard is now edging closer to making his comeback after returning to Madrid training on Thursday, running on the grass in addition to performing exercises using the ball, according to the club’s official site.
It appears improbable that Hazard will be fit to attribute against Real Valladolid on Sunday, though Madrid is going to be hopeful of having the Belgium global back by the time Atletico Madrid see Santiago Bernabeu on February 1.
Madrid were also boosted by the return of captain Ramos, who hasn’t played since injuring his ankle in the Supercopa de Espana closing, where he scored the winning penalty against Atleti, although the defender did not utilize the ball during Thursday’s session.