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Monday 18 December 2017

Coentrao joins Real's injured list

Atletico Madrid's defender Juanfran (L) vies with Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao
Atletico Madrid's defender Juanfran (L) vies with Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao

Real Madrid had mixed news on the injury front yesterday, with centre back Pepe returning to training but fullback Fabio Coentrao joining a lengthy list of sidelined players.

Coentrao (above right), like Pepe a Portugal international, had picked up a calf muscle injury.

The La Liga leaders and European champions did not say how long he would be out of action but local media reported he would not be available again for at least a week and a half.

Real are already missing midfielders James Rodriguez, Luka Modric and Sami Khedira as well as Pepe's usual partner in the centre of defence Sergio Ramos.

Carlo Ancelotti's side, a point clear of second-placed Barcelona at the top of La Liga, will look to bounce back from last weekend's 4-0 drubbing at champions Atletico Madrid when they host promoted Deportivo La Coruna tomorrow.

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