Modric reiterates his sound form to start in Madrid derby

Madrid, Nov 14 (IANS) Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric insists he will be in a condition to start in the La Liga’s Madrid football derby due to be played here on Saturday.

Modric played 45 minutes of Croatia’s win in their World Cup qualifying game against Iceland at the weekend to add to the 30 minutes he was able to play in Madrid’s 3-0 victory over Leganes the previous weekend, reports Xinhua.

With a trip to the Vicente Calderon Stadium to take on cross-town rivals Atletico in a key La Liga match on the horizon, Modric assured fans that he “would be ready to play the derby”, on his arrival back in Madrid on Sunday.

Modric also said that Mateo Kovacic, who had to be substituted against Iceland after picking up a knock, “was alright” and would also be available.

The availability of the duo is important for Real Madrid, given that Tony Kroos will be out with a foot injury and Casemiro is still recovering from a broken leg.

There was more good news for Madrid on Monday with the confirmation that Sergio Ramos should also be available after recovering from the knee injury he suffered when on Spain duty in October.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid have moved to put aside fears that Antoine Griezmann’s place in the derby was in jeopardy.

The French striker, who is Atletico’s top scorer this season, suffered a slight injury to his foot during France’s 2-1 win over Sweden on Friday, but tests have ruled out any worries that he could have broken a bone.