He is not yet physically fit, but Sergio Ramos is doing everything possible to be so within a short space of time; specifically focusing on the UEFA Super Cup on August 8.
A problem with his ear has meant that Real Madrid ‘s captain finds himself behind his teammates in their preparations, but nothing will stop him working towards the game in Macedonia.
Against Manchester United, Los Blancos will look to win the first title of the season and Ramos knows that the team needs him 100%.
That is why he is spending longer hours in the gym and on the training pitch.
His spectacular state of normal fitness – not neglected during the summer – has helped him to catch the fast pace, but Antonio Pintus is still pushing him harder.
He was decisive in last season’s edition of the competition – his goal in the 92nd minute taking the game to extra time, and allowing Madrid to overcome opponents Sevilla.
Now, a repeat performance is required.
Against MLS All Stars on Wednesday, Ramos will start because, at this moment, he only has 45 pre-season minutes under his belt – against Barcelona on July 29