Real Madrid have enjoyed a positive start to La Liga after Barcelona dethroned them in the Spanish league last season.
With two wins in two games against Athletic Club and Almeria, the Merengues are looking to reclaim their position as table toppers.
However, despite the excellent results so far, Real Madrid have been without some of their key men as injuries claimed many of their victims ahead of the season.
Real Madrid duo’s return inbound
Now, according to MARCA, two of the absentees, Dani Ceballos and Ferland Mendy, are closing in on a return.
The pair is set to return after the international break for the match against Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Mendy and Ceballos missed out on the opportunity to establish some rhythm in the pre-season.
The midfielder suffered a blow in the pre-season and did not travel to the US for the friendlies while the left-back sustained an injury during the Clasico against Barcelona in the States.
The pair have missed the Merengues’ first two matches of the season, but have resumed light work with the ball, which has generated optimism about their imminent return.
However, Real Madrid staff do not wish to rush their return and will likely wait until after the international break to reintroduce them into the scheme of things.
Before the international break, the Royal Whites face two games against Celta Vigo and Getafe, and both Mendy and Ceballos might not be ready for those clashes.
Once they do return, they are not expected to immediately find a starting role, but Madrid will breathe a sigh of relief knowing their depth has been significantly bolstered with these taxing schedules and extensions after each half draining the current starters.
With back-to-back games against difficult opponents in Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid after the international break, Los Blancos will be keen to have their players back in the squad list as they fight to achieve a dominant season domestically.
Video: Real Madrid vs Las Palmas ends in dispute between Ancelotti and star forward
Real Madrid’s game against Las Palmas this midweek was an important one for the club.
The Spanish giants secured a 2-0 victory over the Canaries. But more importantly, the game witnessed the return of Vinicius Junior, who was coming back from an injury.
However, it was not the most pleasing return from the Brazilian, who had an altercation with head coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Dispute ends without a handshake
A video has surfaced recently which shows that Vinicius Junior and Ancelotti even ended the game without even shaking hands.
The altercation started when Ancelotti was seen talking to Vinicius, asking him to play more freely.
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Vinicius, though, was not happy with the Italian’s tactics. He pointed out his disagreement with Ancelotti and highlighted the team’s lack of structure.
Ancelotti continued to yell at the Brazilian, asking him to play a certain way. The matters turned worse when Vini continued to turn his back on the Real Madrid coach.
After the final whistle, the Brazilian international did glance past Ancelotti without even shaking his hand.
Ancelotti under pressure
This is a worrying sign for Real Madrid and an indicator that the team is not entirely happy with Ancelotti, who has faced criticism despite a relatively good start to the season.
Although the Real Madrid board has continued to back the former AC Milan and PSG coach, the Italian is certainly running on thin ice.
The upcoming games against Girona, Napoli and Osasuna could be crucial as Real Madrid look to maintain their winning momentum, especially following a derby defeat to Atleti.
In the meantime, Ancelotti must definitely have a word with Vinicius and calm the Brazilian, knowing the attacker could play a key role in revving up the team’s offensive unit in the coming weeks.