La Liga - Pepe and Coentrao step up return

Tue, 11 Oct 15:40:00 2011

Real Madrid were missing four first-team players from training, although there was good news regarding defenders Pepe and Fabio Coentrao.

2011-12 La Liga Real Madrid Pepe Fabio Coentrao in training - 0

France striker Karim Benzema, Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin and Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho did not join up with their national teams due to injury and, in the case of Carvalho, a decision to quit international football under current management.

The trio were well enough to train in the gym, although Spain defender Raul Albiol - who did play in the 2-0 win over the Czech Republic - is receiving treatment to a facial injury picked up in training on Sunday.

Pepe and Coentrao, meanwhile, are stepping up their recoveries from injury and trained for a second day running with reserve team players and others not selected for international duty - such as Kaka, Esteban Granero and Lassana Diarra.

The Portuguese duo are expected to be fit for the clash with Liga surprise package Real Betis at the weekend.


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