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Injury update: Real Madrid defender could return for Copa del Rey derby vs Atletico



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Real Madrid will square off against neighbours Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey on Thursday night. And in the lead-up to the game, Carlo Ancelotti’s men may have received a fitness boost.

Indeed, according to MARCA, the Merengues could recover injured defender David Alaba in time for the Madrid derby in the cup competition.

The Austrian defender has been out of action since he picked up a muscle injury during the La Liga game against Villarreal earlier this month.

As a result, Alaba missed Real Madrid’s trip to Saudi Arabia for the Spanish Super Cup, while he was also unavailable for the Copa del Rey encounter against Villarreal and the La Liga clash versus Athletic Club this past weekend.

However, manager Ancelotti had expressed some optimism that he could have the defender back this week.

And it seems like that might be the case, with Alaba said to be in contention to be available for the match against Atletico Madrid on Thursday.

However, the same cannot be said of Aurelien Tchouameni, who has begun individual work after picking up a similar injury to that of Alaba earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal’s involvement is also a major doubt while fellow right-back Lucas Vazquez is ruled out for at least one more month.

Alaba’s potential could come as a boost for Ancelotti & co. and if fully fit, the Austrian could pair up with Eder Militao at the heart of the Real Madrid defence against Diego Simeone’s men in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.

The former Bayern Munich defender has not been at his best this season, but given that Antonio Rudiger has also been highly inconsistent, it will be interesting to see who Ancelotti decides to back for the derby against the Colchoneros.

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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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