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Five Real Madrid stars set to miss the USA pre-season tour

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In a recent update, it has been made clear that only Real Madrid players advancing to at least the semi-finals of either the European Championship or the Copa America will be excused from the upcoming US tour. 

This decision directly impacts several key players, including Luka Modric and Andriy Lunin, who are confirmed for the trip

However, five players—Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, and Kylian Mbappe—will not join the squad for Madrid’s pre-season preparations.

Real Madrid does not want fatigue to take over

The rationale behind Madrid’s stance is straightforward: to alleviate the strain on their athletes, many of whom are showing signs of fatigue. 

The recent Euro 2024 quarter-final match between Portugal and France underscored this concern when Mbappe was substituted in the 105th minute, citing exhaustion. 

Consequently, Mbappe will forego the pre-season training under Antonio Pintus, focusing instead on recovery and readiness for the upcoming season.

Dani Carvajal was shown a red card against Germany. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Among the French contingent, Camavinga and Mendy have seen limited playing time. Camavinga has started only one out of three matches he participated in, while Mendy has yet to feature on the field, even as a substitute. 

On the other hand, Tchouameni has been more involved, appearing in four out of five matches for France at the Euros, although he missed the opener due to fitness concerns.

Meanwhile, Carvajal played a pivotal role in Spain’s thrilling 2-1 victory over Germany, despite receiving a late red card that will sideline him for the semi-finals. 

Nevertheless, Carvajal remains committed to the national team’s cause, aiming to contribute to their quest for a place in the final.

This selective approach by Real Madrid aims to balance competitive obligations with player welfare, ensuring that those in need of rest and recuperation receive it adequately. 

By prioritizing the physical well-being of their stars, Madrid hopes to maximize performance and minimize the risk of injuries as they gear up for the demanding season ahead.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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