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Zidane updates Dani Carvajal’s condition

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Real Madrid kick off their 2017-18 Copa del Rey tomorrow.

Real Madrid Training And Press Conference Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane spoke ahead of the team’s match against Fuenlabrada —Thursday, 21:30 CET— and revealed that the club want to win the Copa del Rey after falling in the early stages of the domestic competition to Celta Vigo last year. He delivered some important words about Carvajal, who appears to be almost ready to make his return to the team.

"Dani (Carvajal) is doing well. He’s undergone tests and they’re positive. Today he’s started to ride a bike and now his recovery will take time, but he’s healthy and I’m happy about that. He’ll have to go through the recovery process so let's see. Bale is already on the field, almost ready to train with the team, but I can’t give you a date for when he’ll be back,” said Zidane.

"Winning the cup isn’t something personal, it’s a team thing. We’re excited to play in it, as we like to play in every competition. I don’t consider it a minor trophy, for me it’s one of the trophies that we can win and that’s our intention. Our ambition is to win it because we can. We want to give everything and put in a good performance tomorrow. That’s it. When you wear this club’s shirt, you’re going out to win every game, official matches and friendlies,” explained the coach.

Real Madrid will rest most of their starters this time and young players like Ceballos, Theo, Achraf, Nacho, Vallejo or Mayoral will almost surely be given a chance to play in the starting XI.

"I’d play the same team in a one-off match as I would in a two-legged tie. I’d do the same. I have something in my head and so do my players. I believe in what we’re doing and it doesn’t depend on what happens in games. We believe in what we do and we’ll not change anything. A lot of people have an opinion about whether it should be a one-off match or a two-legged tie, and I know that in other countries they play a one-off match, but here we play two matches and what I think about it makes no difference,” concluded Zidane.