Real Madrid prepares La Liga encounter vs Betis without Vinicius
Real Madrid's head coach, Santiago Soloari (top, C), stands next to his new midfielder Brahim Diaz (L) as he supervises his players during a training session of the team at the Valdebebas sports facilities in Madrid, Spain, Jan. 12, 2019. EPA-EFE/BALLESTEROS
Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (L) and French striker Karim Benzema share a light moment during a training session of the team at the Valdebebas sports facilities in Madrid, Spain, Jan. 12, 2019. EPA-EFE/BALLESTEROS
Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior celebrates after scoring the third goal against CD Leganes during the Spanish Copa del Rey round-16 first-leg soccer match held at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Jan. 09, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/JUANJO MARTIN
Madrid, Jan 12 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid on Saturday held a training session at its Valdebebas sports ground, from which Brazil young forward Vinicius Jr. was absent due to flu.
Madrid is set to travel to Real Betis for its La Liga matchday 19 contest to be held at Benito Villamarín stadium on Sunday night.
Other first-team players also missed Saturday's session as they still continue their respective recovery programs, including; Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio, Marcos Llorente, Gareth Bale, Thibaut Courtois and Mariano, "whilst Vinicius Jr. missed out on training through flu," according to the club.
"We do not whether Vinicius could travel (to Betis), we have to wait a little more before announcing the match list," head coach Santiago Solari told journalists on Saturday.
Solari also paid tribute to Vinicius' recent performance with the first team saying: "the positive symptom is that an 18-year-old boy, so young, has arrived and is doing so well."
Real Madrid currently holds the fifth spot in the Spanish top league's standings with 30 points, 10 points behind leader and defending champion Barcelona, and with a four-point advantage ahead of sixth-placed Betis.
Madrid has conceded its sixth defeat in the La Liga season against Real Sociedad on Jan. 6.