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Injury update: Real Madrid could be without key midfielder for Manchester City clash

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The world has patiently waited two long weeks for the clash between Real Madrid and Manchester City. Now, less than 12 hours remain for the big game.

As the Etihad gears up to host Carlo Ancelotti’s side, the manager has had to deal with his own set of problems. Injuries have plagued Los Blancos‘ camp, and it is still not clear as to who will be available on the night.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana, there is pessimism around the participation of Casemiro against Pep Guardiola’s side.

The Brazilian has been an indispensable part of Real Madrid over the years, and this season is no different. Casemiro has executed his role as a pivot superbly, averaging three tackles and two interceptions in every game.

The 30-year-old’s absence for the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League is a big blow for Ancelotti. It will need a special performance from his replacement to cover up for the void on the night.

The manager could start Eduardo Camavinga as the defensive midfielder against Manchester City. The other alternative would be to play Federico Valverde alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Of the two options, the former seems to be the more likely choice.

Ancelotti could be without the services of David Alaba, too, on the night after the Austrian injured his hamstring in Real Madrid’s last league game. Needless to say, he will hope that the duo is fit in time for the second leg next week at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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