Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard is expected to miss his side's opening 2020/21 La Liga fixture due to an ankle problem, while the likes of Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Luka Jovic among others all face a race against time to be fit.
The champions get their 2020/21 season underway when they travel to take on Real Sociedad on Sunday. Real are kicking off their new league campaign one week after most due to their involvement in the Champions League.
However, one player who is expected not to be involved is Hazard. Melchor Ruiz of Cadena Cope reports that the Belgium international is still training by himself and is working on his fitness as well as the strength in his ankle after suffering another injury setback.
Hazard made the big money switch to Madrid last summer, but he was constantly disrupted by injuries during his first season. The 29-year-old made just the 16 appearances in the league last term, with only 14 coming from the start.
There was hope that Hazard would be fit for the opening fixture, but his decision to team up with the Belgium national team for international duty has meant he has had limited time to train with the Real squad and improve his fitness. To make matters worse, Hazard didn't even feature for Belgium during their recent clashes with Denmark and Iceland.
Elsewhere, AS report that Bale - who participated in Wales' recent Nations League games - has also been training alone at his own pace and did not even step onto the playing pitches on Sunday. This was also the case with Asensio, Jovic, Lucas Vázquez and Mariano.
The aforementioned players are all still trying to recover from slight issues. With the game against Sociedad fast approaching, Zinedine Zidane will be keen to have at least some of these players back in training before then, but this will be completely dependent on their fitness levels.
However, it isn't all bad news for Real fans as Isco could well feature. The Spaniard was expected to miss Sunday's game due to a sprain, but he has now returned to training and is doing work in both the gym and on the pitch.
This is also the case with Sergio Reguilon, who suffered an ankle injury on his Spain debut recently. The Manchester United target, however, is also back training and following the same training programme as Isco.