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Injury update: Real Madrid €100 million star set to return for Villarreal clash



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Real Madrid has been dealt an unlucky hand with injuries this season. Absentees in all departments of the season have forced coach Carlo Ancelotti to avail creative solutions.

However, the Merengues can finally let out a sigh of relief with reports from Carlos Rodriguez claiming that one of their star men in midfield, Aurélien Tchouaméni is back and will be on the squad list against Villareal this Sunday.

Real Madrid regains a crucial player

Tchouameni endured a foot fracture during Los Blancos‘ match against Barcelona in the most recent Clasico, and since then he has been sidelined with an injury for more than a month.

The 23-year-old was predicted to miss all of 2023’s games due to the likelihood that he would be out for at least two months.

However, the Frenchman has made a rapid recovery and will be available this weekend at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Having also lost key players like Vinicius Jr. and Eduardo Camavinga to injuries in recent times, Real Madrid is given a great advantage with the imminent return of Tchouameni, who was in fine form before suffering the blow to his foot.

The 23-year-old’s return will especially enable Ancelotti to field a set-up with a natural defensive midfielder instead of employing make-shift remedies, like the double pivot of Toni Kroos and Fede Valverde.

However, it remains to be seen whether Tchouameni will instantly return to the starting XI or gradually be eased in.

Due to the prolonged period he faced out on the sidelines, it is likely that he will initially earn some minutes off the bench against the Yellow Submarine.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team




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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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