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Boost for Real Madrid as injured star returns to training ahead of Osasuna encounter



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Real Madrid will resume the defence of their La Liga crown after the international break on Sunday when they play hosts to CA Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu.

And ahead of the game, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe have been handed an injury boost as Lucas Vazquez is back in training with the rest of the team, reports journalist Jorge Picon.

The 31-year-old right-back had sustained an injury during Los Blancos’ win against RCD Mallorca a couple of weeks back and had to be taken off after 70 minutes.

Following that, the versatile star, who can play as a winger and a right-back, missed the matches against RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League and Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

During the international break, the Spaniard was undergoing his recovery at the club’s Valdebebas training facilities.

But there had been uncertainties over his involvement in the clash against Osasuna. Reports had indicated that Vazquez would likely miss the match against Jagoba Arrasate’s side.

However, as per the latest update, the 31-year-old has joined the rest of his teammates in group training on the eve of the Osasuna encounter, offering a boost to manager Carlo Ancelotti.

It is uncertain if he will be involved on Sunday or not, but his return to training means that Luka Modric is the only player currently injured at Real Madrid.

The veteran star sustained a minor injury while on international duty with Croatia. He is expected to miss two or three matches over the next week, but should be in line to return for El Clasico against Barcelona on October 16.

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Real Madrid offered the chance to sign Brazilian striker, one of 4-5 names on radar



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There is no secret that Real Madrid might consider a move for a new striker in the coming summer. With Karim Benzema slowly nearing the end of his career, the club are looking for a viable alternative ahead of the new season.

Carlo Ancelotti has been left impressed by the performances of Rodrygo in the centre forward position. But the club could still use the services of a more recognised option in the number nine position.

The Spanish giants are reportedly assessing La Liga for a potential low-cost option. But they are also open to looking through in other leagues, in their bid to add more depth in the attacking department.

To that end, Fabrizio Romano claims Real Madrid are eyeing a swoop for Roberto Firmino. The Liverpool star has become the latest player to be shortlisted by Los Blancos, with his current contract at Liverpool expiring at the end of the season.

Formerly of TSG Hoffenheim, Firmino has a stellar track record of performing in Europe. He has scored 110 goals in 361 competitive matches during his time at Liverpool, winning the Premier League and the Champions League title.

A centre forward by trade, Roberto is known for his tactical flexibility and the ability to shift into wider areas to build up the player.

It makes him an appealing target for Real Madrid, who would prefer a versatile striker in their ranks that can not only provide cover for Benzema but also the likes of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.

Real Madrid, though, are yet to hold any discussions with Roberto Firmino just yet. He has just been added to the list of targets and one would expect the Spanish giants to make a move once the season is over and the player becomes a free agent.

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