With Lucas Vazquez being forced off the pitch after an injury concern during the 71st minute in Real Madrid’s 4-1 win against Mallorca, Carlo Ancelotti has multiple causes for concern.
Considering Karim Benzema and Eder Militao are also out injured, a potentially serious layoff for such a vital squad member would not make life easy for the Los Blancos boss.
As the European champions prepare to face a tricky RB Leipzig on Wednesday, it has been revealed whether the unfit trio will be available for the contest.
As per the latest information provided by Melchor Ruiz, Benzema, Militao and Vasquez will not be fit in time to face the Bundesliga outfit. Alvaro Odriozola, too, is expected to be sidelined. His absence, though, is not particularly concerning.
On the bright side, Benzema and Militao were initially expected to return from injury after a mere ten days, which is far better than initially expected.
Additionally, Rodrygo’s stupendous showing as a false nine in the second half against Mallorca, where he set up Vinicius Jr.’s winner and scored a solo goal in incredible fashion could be enough for him to step into the Los Merengues captain’s shoes for the time being.
With Antonio Rudiger also looking comfortable in Eder Militao’s absence, also managing to get on the scoresheet in Real Madrid’s latest win, Madridistas can afford not to have sleepless nights over the absence of the titanic defender.
In Vasquez’s case, tests will be conducted to discover the extent of his injury. However, as things stand, the experienced Dani Carvajal is fit and will be available to go toe-to-toe against RB Leipzig.
From both standpoints of the upcoming contest against Marco Rose’s side as well as looking at the whole season, Real Madrid need not worry for a second.
Real Madrid considering move for Manchester City superstar as club faces possible sanctions
Premier League has come up with a shocking statement, charging defending champions Manchester City with more than 100 breaches of the financial rule between 2009 to 2018.
The allegations levelled at Man City could lead to a point deduction for the defending champions or perhaps even expulsion. This could prove to be significant for not Premier League but European football in general.
To that end, a new report from Daily Mail suggests Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on the situation. They are aware of the fact that if Man City get sanctioned, it could rule them out of the chase for top target Jude Bellingham.
But more importantly, it may open up the opportunity to sign Erling Haaland in the near future. The Norwegian international was one of Man City’s smartest business move in the summer when they roped in the star striker for a meagre fee.
However, Spanish media believes Haaland has a release clause in his contract worth around €200 million. It could be activated in the summer of 2024 and clubs like Real Madrid are said to be interested in activating the clause.
But in light of the recent allegations made against Man City, Real Madrid are anticipating a potential mass exodus, and could make an early move for the forward, especially if the English giants get sanctioned by the Premier League board.
It goes without saying that Haaland, who has been scoring goals for fun since joining the Premier League outfit, is someone who demands to play at the highest level of football. It was one of the key reasons he joined Man City – a club that can offer consistency in terms of sporting success.
But a potential sanction for City could change the dynamic, possibly paving the way for a club like Real Madrid to establish themselves as an excellent suitor for Haaland.