Following reports of Neymar getting injured, the Brazil national team camp could be sweating over the fitness of another player in the form of defender Danilo.
The former Real Madrid right-back started for the Selecao last night when they beat Serbia 2-0 in their first match of the FIFA World Cup 2022.
However, according to the latest update from MARCA’s Mario Cortegana, the Juventus ace has reported some pain in his left ankle.
It is claimed that Danilo underwent tests earlier today following which he returned to the team hotel to continue his treatment instead of joining the training session.
As a result, his involvement in Brazil’s upcoming match against Switzerland on Monday is now under a cloud of uncertainty.
And should he not recover in time, Real Madrid defender Eder Militao would be in contention to replace Danilo in the Brazil starting lineup.
Militao might be a centre-back by trade but he has, in the past, played at right-back for both club and country. So, there is a possibility that Tite looks to the former FC Porto ace in the scenario that Danilo is not deemed fit enough to feature against Switzerland.
Real Madrid have three players in the Brazil squad for the World Cup. Vinicius Jr started in the game against Serbia and shone brightly while Rodrygo Goes made an appearance from the bench. However, Militao was an unused substitute on the night.
But, Danilo’s situation could open the door for him to feature against Switzerland, while Rodrygo could also get the nod from the start as Neymar is practically ruled out of the contest.
Another option for the Selecao manager will be veteran defender Dani Alves, who is part of the squad despite being 39 years old.
PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025
As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.
All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.
And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.
Hakimi could return to Real Madrid
Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.
Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.
However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.
And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.
The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.
Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.
As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.