Nacho Fernández Closing in on Early Real Madrid Return After Making Swift Progress in Recovery

?Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernández is understood to have made swift progress in his recovery from a knee injury, with his return to the first team now closer than initially expected.

The 29-year-old picked up the knock in October’s 2-2 Champions League draw with Club Brugge, and it was feared that he could miss up to three months of action.

Nacho Fernandez

However, as noted by ?Mundo Deportivo, that return date may have moved closer as Nacho has already started training outside, running without discomfort and performing several routine ball exercises.

He could now return in early December, which will come as a huge boost to ?Real, who will take on Álaves, Espanyol, Valencia, ?Barcelona and Athletic Club before the end of the year, as well as another ?Champions League meeting with Club Brugge.

?Marca even claim that Nacho could be available for selection before the end of November, suggesting that he is not far away from being at full fitness once more.

Nacho is by no means a guaranteed starter at the Santiago Bernabéu, with both ?Sergio Ramos and ?Raphaël Varane ahead of him in the pecking order, but his versatility will give manager Zinedine Zidane the chance to rotate his squad throughout the busy festive period.

A natural centre-back, he has primarily operated as a left-back this season, offering cover to both Ferland Mendy and ?Marcelo. With Brazilian Éder Militão seeing more minutes in the centre of defence, Nacho may struggle for opportunities in his favoured position.

Zinedine Zidane

Both Marcelo and striker Luka Jovi? have also returned to training after missing Saturday’s 4-0 win over Eibar through injury, meaning Zidane’s squad is as close to full strength as it has been since the start of the season.

Despite their injury struggles, Real have battled their way to second in ?La Liga, behind Barcelona only on goal difference. Los Blancos will have the chance to gain an advantage over their rivals when they meet in the rearranged El Clásico on 18 December.

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