Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos are working their way back from injury with the Barça-Madrid Clásico on March 22nd as their objective.
Ancelotti has already confirmed that the Croatian player will have some playing time against Schalke (March 10) and more time for the league match against Levante the following Sunday at the Bernabéu.
That will give the midfielder a week to push for a place in the starting XI for the game at the Camp Nou. Ramos’ recovery plan is different. The muscle tear in his hamstring was deeper than initially anticipated and will not force a hasty return to first team football but has March 22nd as his objective.
Modric suffered his injury on November 16, 2014 whilst on international duty for Croatia. 118 days have passed and the club have been encouraged by his performances in training and there was even talk of the player making a return against Elche last week.
The medical team have urged caution and Ancelotti looks set to give Modric playing time in next Tuesday’s Champions League tie at home to German side, Schalke 04.
Sergio Ramos picked up his injury in the 8th minute of the Madrid-Sevilla game played on February 4. Initial scans suggested that the player would be out of action for three to four weeks. After a MRI scan it proved that the tear to his muscle tissue was more severe and a period of eight weeks out of action was cited by the medical team at the club.