Video: Luka Modric and Raphael Varane will be back in action for Real Madrid soon

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Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui says World Cup stars Luka Modric and Raphael Varane are nearing their first appearances of the season for Los Blancos, but insists they will not be rushed back.

The duo played prominent roles for Croatia and France respectively in Russia as both their nations reached the final, and the Madrid boss is keen to take his time introducing them back into the fold domestically.

“They have the handicap of almost 20 more days without rest compared to their teammates, but these players will start games soon enough,” Lopetegui told reporters.

Watch the full video here.

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Live Real Madrid Blog: Build up to Los Blancos' clash with Girona

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Hello Madridistas!

The Sport360 team is here to bring you the latest Real Madrid news on Sunday.

The Whites face Girona in La Liga this evening (12.15am kick-off UAE time) and we’ll be building up to that clash.

As ever, get in touch with us throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook.

11am – The Whites are getting ready Girona

10.30am – Thibaut Courtois conundrum rumbles on

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Live Real Madrid Blog: All you need to know as Los Blancos take on Girona

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Hello Madridistas!

The Sport360 team here bringing you all your Los Blancos news on Saturday.

As ever, get in touch with us throughout the day via Twitter and Facebook.

7.00pm – Thibaut Courtois conundrum rumbles on as Real Madrid play Girona

Will Thibaut Courtois finally get his debut for Real Madrid? Julen Lopetegui may be wise to stick to his guns, argues Chris Bailey.

He has all the talking points and more as Real head to a place where they were handed an embarrassing defeat last season. Read all you need to know here.

2.10pm – Hazard move to Real unlikely

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Eden Hazard’s Bernabeu link seems to be diminishing.

Chelsea wizard Eden Hazard might not ever be destined for Real Madrid, according to the player’s father.

Read more, here.

1.30pm – Valverde on Los Blancos

Los Blancos legend: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde doesn’t necessarily believe Real Madrid will be weaker without Cristiano Ronaldo this season.

Watch more, here.

12.30pm – Courtois in line for Madrid debut

Thibaut Courtois is set to make his Real Madrid debut this weekend as the European champions take on Girona in La Liga.

Read more, here.

Thibaut Courtois is set to make his Madrid debut.

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