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Zidane confirms Ramos to return for Clasico showdown

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SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (OCTOBER 23, 2020) (REAL MADRID TV POOL - ACCESS ALL)

1. VARIOUS OF REAL MADRID PLAYERS AT TRAINING SESSION

2. DEFENDER SERGIO RAMOS RUNNING

3. MIDFIELDER CARLOS HENRIQUE CASEMIRO RUNNING

4. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING:

"He's our captain, our leader. He's over his injury, but obviously we won't take any risks. He'll be with us, you need players who are 100% fit and Sergio is."

5. MIDFIELDER MARCO ASENSIO SHOOTING

6. MIDFIELDER LUKA MODRIC SHOOTING

7. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING:

"I've won a lot with these players, they've won a lot for me and I'll always be with them until the end, it's they who battle, run and fight and I can feel their support. But right now the most important thing is changing the dynamic because we had two complicated matches and we've got a good game coming up to be able to change things. That's what makes football so great. When things go wrong, you need to show your character and quality and all of that. We have to show that tomorrow."

8. MODRIC SHOOTING

9. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING:

"I can't deny what people are saying (that Zidane's future is at stake), but nothing changes, it was the same last year and it was like that in my first spell here, too. I just need to do my job and forget about everything else."

10. MIDFIELDER TONI KROOS SHOOTING

11. STRIKER KARIM BENZEMA AND DEFENDER RAPHAEL VARANE RUNNING

STORY: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed that captain Sergio Ramos is set to return from injury when they take on rivals Barcelona in El Clasico in La Liga on Saturday (October 24).

Ramos went off at halftime in Madrid's 1-0 La Liga defeat by minnows Cadiz last weekend and was also absent as they crumbled to a depleted Shakhtar Donetsk side on Wednesday (October 21) in the Champions League. However, he took a full part in training on Friday (October 23).

"Sergio is our captain, our leader. He's over his injury, but obviously we won't take any risks. He'll be with us, you need players who are 100% fit and Sergio is," Zidane told a news conference.

Despite welcoming back Ramos, Real will be without a number of first team regulars for the trip to the Nou Camp, including Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola and Martin Odegaard.

Zidane has come under intense scrutiny over the last week, with some reports suggesting his job might be at risk should they taste defeat in Catalonia, but the Frenchman insisted he has the full backing of his players and the club's board.

"I can't deny what people are saying, but nothing changes, it was the same last year and it was like that in my first spell here, too. I just need to do my job and forget about everything else," he said.

Barcelona, meanwhile, have the returning Jordi Alba available for the game, but will be without long-term absentees Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Samuel Umtiti.

(Production: Silvio Castellanos)