Real Madrid are dealing with a series of injuries in these early parts of the campaign, with stars such as Eder Militao, Vinicius Junior, and Arda Guler currently being sidelined.
The absence of Militao, in particular, has impacted the ranks in the defensive unit, especially with Real Madrid not signing a central defender during the summer transfer window.
Jacobo Ramon training with the first team
With that in mind, journalist Rodra P has issued an important update, suggesting that youngster Jacobo Ramon is training with the Real Madrid first team.
A centre-back by trade, Ramon currently plies his trade with Real Madrid’s Juvenil A setup. He has shown immense potential in recent years and is already regarded highly at the age of just 18.
In fact, Rodra suggests Ramon has the highest ceiling among young defenders in the Real Madrid youth setup, which is quite a feat.
Therefore, the teenage sensation is training with the first team and has been pictured alongside veteran central defender Nacho Fernandez.
Ramon joins the long list of Real Madrid youth team starlets, who have trained with the first team throughout the summer.
The likes of Nico Paz, Marvel, and Gonzalo Garcia have all trained under Carlo Ancelotti’s orders and now Ramon has also joined the list.
It is a clear indication that Real Madrid are prepared to put faith in young talents, ahead of a crucial transitionary period.
While it remains to be seen whether or not Ramon can make an impact on the senior side, he is certainly considered an exciting option for coach Ancelotti.
With Militao for the majority of the season, the youngster has the scope to make a few senior appearances throughout the course of the campaign, although Marvel could be ahead of him in the preference order.
But the 18-year-old must make the most of his chances to train with the senior players and use it as a learning opportunity.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Atletico Madrid
Following Barcelona’s awe-inspiring comeback win against Celta Vigo yesterday, the pressure is on Real Madrid to regain top spot in La Liga as they travel to Civitas Metropolitano to lock horns against Atletico Madrid.
The first Madrid derby of the season will not feature Vinicius Jr, who had to pull out of the travelling squad today due to a stomach bug.
Jude Bellingham has been given the green light, though, and is likely starting as the out and out striker for this game, with Joselu benched. The Englishman is joined by Rodrygo by his side, while Luka Modric plays behind them as the attacking midfielder.
Behind this trio, Toni Kroos has been handed the keys as the pivot, with Aurelien Tchouameni benched. Eduardo Camavinga starts alongside Federico Valverde as the central midfielders.
Lucas Vazquez fills in for the injured Daniel Carvajal at right-back, while Fran Garcia comes back to take over his left-back spot from Nacho. David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger round off the quadrant in central defence, screening Kepa in goal.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Kepa; Vazquez, Rudiger, Alaba, Garcia; Valverde, Kroos, Camavinga; Modric; Rodrygo, Bellingham