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Bale, Mariano Miss Madridís Last Practice Ahead of Valladolid La Liga Duel

MADRID Ė Wales winger Gareth Bale and striker Mariano Diaz of Dominican Republic, best known as Mariano, did not take part in Real Madridís last training session ahead of a Real Valladolid encounter in La Liga.

Bale is still suffering from a sprained right ankle he sustained by the end of his teamís 4-1 thrashing at the hands of the Netherlandsí Ajax in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday, and he is to miss Sundayís match vs Valladolid.

ďThe Real Madrid squad completed their final training session ahead of the trip to the Jose Zorrilla (stadium) for the La Liga Matchday 27 encounter against Real Valladolid,Ē the club said on its website.

In addition to Bale and Mariano, right-back Daniel Carvajal, midfielder Marcos Llorente, and wingers; Lucaz Vazques and Vinicius Jr. did not participate in the group practice over their respective injuries.

The statement added that Bale and Mariano trained inside the clubís facilities, while their injured teammates were continuing their respective recovery programs.

The five players were expected to be dropped out of the squad as well as captain Sergio Ramos who will be serving a one-match ban for yellow card accumulation, having earned a fifth booking in the 1-0 defeat to Barcelona.

Argentine head coach Santiago Solari oversaw the session, which could be his last one as Madridís coach according to local media, for which he called up B-team goalie Mohamed Airam Ramos Wade, best known as Moha.

In the wake of the several injuries, Solari will have to introduce new faces to his lineup for Sundayís away La Liga game against Valladolid.

On the other hand, Solari is reportedly set to be dismissed on Monday, following a catastrophic week the club suffered at its home-ground, the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, which technically ended the teamís hopes of lifting a trophy this season.

The capital side lost two matches to Barcelona, the first of which (0-3) put the team out of the Spanish Cup on Feb. 27, the second loss (0-1), on March 2, basically ended Madridís chances of winning La Liga this season.

The last blow was against Ajax (1-4) on March 5, which ended the Spanish sideís Champions League campaign in the round of 16 for the first time since 2010, dethroning the team that has won the title for a record 13 times, including the most recent three editions.

 

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