It has taken a long time this season for Carlo Ancelotti to be able to call upon one of his two first-choice left-backs in his Real Madrid XI, but both Ferland Mendy and Marcelo are finally back and available for selection.
Miguel Gutierrez had to be the saviour on occasion, balancing first-team commitments with Castilla, and even Nacho Fernandez had to deputise on the left of the back four. David Alaba has also stepped in there, with the three being chopped and changed quite a lot in this early stage of the season.
The situation was only further complicated by Dani Carvajal‘s absence on the other side of the back four, but all of these issues should end on Tuesday as Real Madrid play Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League in a game that has more importance than had been expected after the shock loss to Sheriff.
Mendy will be available for the game against the Ukrainian side, as will Marcelo.
But Ancelotti will have to carefully assess Mendy‘s situation, as he hasn’t played a minute since the second leg of last season’s Champions League semi-final against Chelsea, and he has been out for about five and a half months in all.
Prior to the injuries, Mendy had played 70 times in his first two seasons with Los Blancoscompared to Marcelo‘s 42 appearances.