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Diego Forlán, recovered from his injury, trains at the same pace as his teammates

Mario Suárez, with groin problems, does alternative work

Striker Diego Forlán rejoined training with the rest of his teammates on Tuesday morning 4 January. The Uruguayan has fully recovered from the ligament sprain that he suffered during the Copa del Rey first leg match against Espanyol. Mario Suárez, with problems in his groin, worked out apart from the group with physical trainer/physio Oscar Pitillas. Tiago didn’t train as he waits to undergo imaging tests on Wednesday to find out the scope of the injury he suffered during the league clash against Racing.

As they had played on Monday, the starters held a regenerative session. In addition to the first squad players and usual additions Koke, Borja and Alberto Perea, also participating in the practice held on the Estadio Vicente Calderón turf were reserve squad players Sergio Marcos, Miramón, Iago and Regalón.

The training session, which lasted around 90 minutes, was followed by more than a hundred spectators. After a series of strength exercises directed by the team physical trainer, Jordi García, the team completed ball possession drills with goalkeepers.

Subsequently, Quique Sánchez Flores led a technical-tactical drill consisting of organizing three teams of four players each who had to keep possession of the ball in a small area. Afterwards, the players carried out finishing drills with shots on goal.

To wrap up the session, the coaching staff organized a practice match in which two seven-player teams competed against each other in a small-sided field.