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Real Madrid youngster could replace Neymar in Brazil lineup after injury scare



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Tournament favourites Brazil opened their FIFA World Cup campaign with a 2-0 victory over Serbia. But their joy soon turned into tension as Neymar emerged as the most fouled player in the game, taking on several blows from the Serbian defenders.

In the aftermath of the victory, it was soon revealed that the Brazilian superstar has injured his ankle. Although the Brazilian FA or any of the coaching staff has refused to comment on the attacker’s fitness, many fear this could impact the involvement of the former Barcelona star going forward in the tournament.

As per reports from Globo Esporte, Neymar’s potential absence in the World Cup could force a decision from Tite to find his desired replacement, with Rodrygo apparently leading the race.

The Real Madrid forward has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence lately, and it appears the local media in Brazil suggests he could be Tite’s desired replacement for Neymar, in case the latter’s injury stops him from featuring prominently.

Rodrygo, after all, has appeared extremely productive in front of goal lately. He has already racked up seven goals and five assists in all competitions this season, building a reputation for being an impact player, who is always capable of changing the complexion of the game.

Rodrygo’s heroics in the Champions League last season was already well documented and they are an indicator of the player’s abilities at the highest level of football.

The Real Madrid starlet, who looked solid on his World Cup debut against Serbia yesterday, therefore, could be an able replacement for Neymar even though he may not necessarily offer the same quality or efficiency when it comes to long-range shooting or dribbling through opposition defenders.

A Brazilian attacking unit with Rodrygo could see the Real Madrid forward operate in the number nine role alongside Richarlison, with additional support from wide attackers Vinicius Junior and Raphinha. Manchester United star Antony is another option for coach Tite, though only as an alternative for Raphinha rather than Neymar.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash



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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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