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Is Casemiro ready to start El Clasico against Barcelona?

The midfielder looks rusty as he should after missing two months of action.

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Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro made his return to the field after after being sidelined with a leg injury for the last two months hoping to have enough rhythm to feature in Saturday's El Clasico against FC Barcelona. However, Casemiro appeared to be rusty and definitely not ready to start what will be a decisive match against Messi and Co.

"He felt fine. He struggled a little bit early on but that's to be expected after almost two months out. It was important for him to play a full match and he's happy and well prepared," said Zidane after the match against Cultural Leonesa.

Casemiro will definitely have a spot in the starting lineup if the French coach thinks he's fit enough to complete a good performance. He has been a key player for Zidane ever since the coach took over Real Madrid last January and his physical presence in the midfield could be of the utmost important for Los Blancos.

"When you look at the way we've played in midfield in our recent games, we've been strong. Casemiro has come back, he's fit and ready to help the team. He's with us and we'll have to see what we're going to do on Saturday, but we're going to need everyone," explained Zidane.

All in all, it seems that Zidane wants to keep his cards close to his chest, not letting anyone know whether Casemiro has a real chance of making the starting lineup. Unless he makes some good progress in training these next two days, the Brazilian might have to sit on the bench.

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