Real Madrid starts preparations for Betis clash without Vinicius
Real Madrid's forward Vinicius Jr reacts during the Spanish King's Cup round 16 first leg soccer match between Real Madrid and CD Leganes at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Jan. 9, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/Juanjo Martin
Madrid, Jan 11 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid Friday started preparations and a team training session for the away La Liga match against Real Betis without Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior, whose absence was due to flu, according to the club.
Midfielders Toni Kroos of Germany, Marcos Llorente of Spain and Llorente's compatriot Marco Asensio, Welsh winger Gareth Bale, Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, as well as Spanish forward Mariano Diaz, continued with their recovery processes from their respective injuries, the club said.
However, Mariano did join the team for part of the practice.
Argentine head coach Santiago Solari led the practice, which featured Real Madrid Castilla player Cristo Ramon Gonzalez Perez, who replaced French forward Karim Benzema in the last minutes of Wednesday's 3-0 Copa del Rey win over Leganes.
Real Betis is to host Real Madrid Sunday at the Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville.