David Beckham had a back problem, but he will still be able to play against Barcelona in the spanish derby on Saturday. The english midfielder has been told that his back pain is a result of the unique way that he twists his body to strike a ball in the past and has admitted to having had pain-killing injections before and after certain matches.
With the squad already having suffered several injuries to key players in recent weeks, the absence of the influential midfielder would have been a big blow for the team.
The former Manchester United star assured reporters that he does not think that the injury will be enough to stop him from lining up against Barça however.
"It’s my back, but I don’t think it will be a problem," Beckham said at Madrid’s Valdebebas training ground.
The club were also keen to stress that Beckham was likely to play as they took the unusual step of making an official annoucnement on their website.
"Beckham retired from the training game against Real Madrid C with muscular problems, which an investigation has shown is lumbago," read the message. "This will not stop him playing at the Bernabeu on Saturday."
Ronaldo also expressed his relief at having been given the green light to face his former club after missing the last month with an ankle injury.