Real Madrid face their first competitive game of the 2016/17 campaign on August 9, when they go into battle in the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla, with certain key players already chomping at the bit to get underway.
Lacking new signings thus far, Los Blancos do have Alvaro Morata and Marco Asensio to call upon during their American tour, with Luka Modric, James Rodriguez and Sergio Ramos now back involved after an extended post-Euro 2016 break.
With no time to lose, the trio need to get into shape ahead of the Super Cup clash in Norway, with the majority of Zinedine Zidane's players preparing for the new campaign since July 17 , although Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos are yet to return.
Rodriguez has arrived with the intention of impressing his boss and earning his stripes during training sessions, with the Colombia international making it clear that he will be staying in Madrid for the coming season.
Zidane considers the ex-Banfield man a useful player, but the midfielder will have to do something special in order to break into the starting XI, with himself and Isco behind Kroos, Modric and Casemiro in the pecking order.
Modric and Ramos, contrastingly, are two key pieces of Real's system, with both needing to get back to full fitness after a long break in the wake of the European Championship in France.
It is likely that the three will feature in Real Madrid's second tour friendly against Chelsea, but they are guaranteed game time against Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern Munich on August 3.
"We have an important game on August 9, but we have great players available in order to put in a good performance," Zidane stated to reporters.