Real receive defensive boost ahead of United tie
There is good news for Real Madrid fans here at the Football Transfer Tavern as Goal.com report that central defender Pepe is now back after missing the last few weeks with an injury.
The shall we say slightly eccentric player had an operation just after the winter break on an ankle problem that had been bothering him and has not featured since La Liga resumed in January following the winter break. Given that Jose Mourinho’s men are going through a particularly hard time at the minute – not just in terms of fixtures but also results, it is a timely comeback for the Portuguese player – especially with another two Clasicos on the horizon at the very least.
Sergio Ramos has also been missing for the club who have been forced to play youngster Raphael Varane and veteran Ricardo Carvalho next to each other at the back and whilst they have notched up some impressive results, Mourinho will be pleased to have his first choice defender available again.
As one punter quips, we hope the centre back pairing haven’t been naughty like Marcelo or Gonzalo Higuain during their layoffs as both are in trouble for putting on a few extra kilos in a report as published by Marca.
The return of Pepe may come too soon for the La Liga fixture against Sevilla at the weekend but in news that will prick up the ears of Manchester United fans, Pepe will be ready for the clash of the titans later this month.
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