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Ancelotti unlikely to risk Real Madrid superstar against Girona this weekend – report

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti could decide not to risk star striker Karim Benzema for their upcoming game against Girona, reports MARCA.

The 34-year-old French international withdrew from Los Blancos’ last La Liga clash against Sevilla last week due to muscle fatigue. Following that, the club captain did not travel to Germany either, where Real Madrid suffered their first defeat of the season to RB Leipzig.

However, heading into Sunday’s La Liga clash against Girona, Benzema was expected to make a return, along with key duo Federico Valverde and Luka Modric.

But, the aforementioned report is now stating that Ancelotti could decide against rushing his ace goalscorer back into action on Sunday.

While it is clarified that the French international is in contention to make a comeback, the manager could take the call to not risk Benzema.

Ancelotti insisted in his recent press conference that he would rather lose his star player for one match rather than a month. And he could apply that thought process when it comes to selection versus Girona.

Benzema will travel to the French national team camp in Clairefontaine next month before flying off to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup. So, that is something that will also likely be taken into consideration by the management.

The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner is currently sidelined for the second time this season, after having missed a stretch of matches around the international break.

Given his advancing age and importance to the team, it will be crucial for Ancelotti & co. to carefully manage his game time, especially if injuries keep happening.

So, as per the report, the manager will not rush Benzema’s return and will likely consider his selection only if the striker is fully fit and comfortable.

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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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