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Injury update: Real Madrid ‘hero’ passes injury test following knock vs Sevilla
Real Madrid continued their excellent start to the campaign by sweeping aside Sevilla 3-1 at Santiago Bernabeu yesterday evening. The victory helped them momentarily increase their lead at the top to six points, though Barcelona do have a game in hand.
Despite the win, however, Real Madrid were dealt with a scare when Federico Valverde was reported to be moving gingerly after the game. It gave rise to rumours over a potential injury for a player, who has emerged as one of the best performers in La Liga this term.
During the post-match presser, Carlo Ancelotti played down the speculations, suggesting there was nothing serious about Valverde, even though he did pick up a hit during the game against Sevilla.
According to Miguel Angel Diaz, Ancelotti’s suspicions have been confirmed by tests, which reveal that the Uruguayan international has picked up no injury to his right thigh.
Valverde only has a strong concussion, which is not severe enough for him to be ruled out against RB Leipzig. This could serve as a major boost for Real Madrid, who are bracing themselves for an important phase of the season.
However, it is fair to point out that the Whites are in an excellent position to qualify in the Round of 16 of the Champions League by registering ten points in three matches in the group stage. It makes the upcoming game against Leipzig quite redundant.
Hence, it will not come as a surprise to see Valverde being rested against the Germans, especially with Real Madrid slated to face Girona in La Liga later this month.
Valverde’s potential absence in the midweek contest could pave the way for Marco Asensio to get a rare starting opportunity. The Spanish international has made a solid impression with his cameos from the bench, which could translate into a start against Leipzig.
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Real Madrid forward sends clear message over future amidst Barcelona links
Marco Asensio is fighting for his future at Real Madrid. The 27-year-old winger is out of contract at the end of the season and there is no concrete decision made by the club over his renewal as of yet.
Some reports had suggested that the club had tabled an offer worth €4 million per year, which the Spaniard did not like as he sought a higher pay packet closer to around €6 million-a-year.
With his future a subject of intense speculation, Asensio had been linked with a move away to Premier League clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool.
Meanwhile, closer to home, there were strong links to Real Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona. Indeed, the Catalans have been touted as potential suitors for Asensio for quite some time now due to the fact that he is represented by Jorge Mendes.
The superagent has close ties with Barcelona president Joan Laporta and reports in Spain have suggested that the Real Madrid winger has, indeed, been offered to the current La Liga leaders.
Amidst these speculations, however, Asensio has seemingly made it clear as to where his heart lies as he awaits a decision on his future.
During last night’s El Clasico against Barcelona, the Real Madrid winger came on as a substitute and went on to score a goal, following which he celebrated at Camp Nou, pointing to the Real Madrid logo on his shirt, showing where his allegiances lie.
The goal, however, was disallowed by the VAR, and Los Blancos ended up losing the game 2-1 thanks to a stoppage-time winner by Franck Kessie.
Earlier today, Asensio took to Instagram and posted a picture of him celebrating with his finger pointing to the Real Madrid logo, reiterating his commitment to the club amidst the links to Barcelona.
As for his disallowed goal, it sparked an angry reaction from Carlo Ancelotti, who questioned the legitimacy of the decision made by the VAR during his post-match press conference.