Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio has returned to individual training, having missed the entirety of this season with a serious knee injury.
During a pre-season meeting with Arsenal back in July 2019, Asensio had to be stretchered off the field after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament. He then underwent surgery to repair the injury, and has not been seen in a Real shirt since.
The 23-year-old has been working tirelessly to try and return as soon as possible, and everything appears to be on track right now. Asensio is still thought to struggle playing with his teammates or with the ball at his feet, although that is to be expected from a player at this stage of recovery from such a serious injury.
Now that he has the physical strength to jog, Asensio will be able to step up his recovery even further and will be confident of playing a major part in the final few months of the season.
A previous report from Marca back in December 2019 suggested that Asensio will likely return to first-team action in either April or May, so he still has plenty of work to do to get back to full fitness, but everything seems to be going well.
While Zinedine Zidane would undoubtedly have preferred to have Asensio available this season, his Real side have been just fine without the Spaniard.
Los Blancos currently sit second in the La Liga table, behind Barcelona only on goal difference, and have looked a far more formidable outfit this season. Raphael Varane has impressed in particular, with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric also looking back to their best.
They lifted the Super Cup at the expense of rivals Atlético Madrid last Sunday, which will likely give them plenty of motivation when they return to league action against fourth-placed Sevilla on Saturday.