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Injured Real Madrid defender expected to return in March – report

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While Real Madrid have recovered a number of their injured players, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defenders Eder Militao and David Alaba continue to remain the long-term absentees for the team.

Between the three, Alaba’s setback is very recent and the extent of his recovery is uncertain, raising questions about his availability even at the start of the new season.

Additionally, Militao and Courtois faced setbacks in August, leading to the abandonment of their contributions in the current campaign.

Even if they return to play, it is expected to be below their optimal performance levels and Carlo Ancelotti is rightly expected to leave them out in crucial moments of the league or Champions League.

Real Madrid expecting early return for Militao

Militao was spotted at Valdebebas recently, engaging in light exercises with the ball. His focus is on minimizing the impact on his knees to prevent relapses or further complications, particularly after a traumatic injury. 

The current emphasis is on strengthening the affected area for the optimal functioning of his body. While his recent activities are encouraging, celebrations in Madrid are tempered, as everything is progressing as planned, and there’s still a substantial journey ahead in the rehabilitation process.

Eder Militao might rejoin team training by March. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

According to Spanish publication AS, regarding Militao, there is an anticipation that his return might occur sooner, allowing him to rejoin the team for group training by the end of March or in the month of April.

“There remains a very hard mountain,” says a club insider while explaining the rehabilitation process of the two.

The club emphasize the importance of adhering to medical timelines without compromising on due processes, despite the positive sentiments surrounding the player. 

Regarding Militao, a comeback by the end of March would prove immensely beneficial for Madrid, given their current roster that comprises only two centre-backs.

Ancelotti has subtly indicated on multiple occasions that he relies on Militao’s potential return to bolster the team. However, as iterated before, Real Madrid will certainly not break the medical timeline not just for Militao but also for Courtois.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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