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Injury update: Real Madrid midfielder ruled out of first leg vs Man City

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When the news of Luka Modric’s injury first broke after Real Madrid’s clash against Girona, Carlo Ancelotti had one player singled out to replace the veteran for the crucial games against Osasuna and Manchester City. In fact, he even went on to publicly name his candidate in his press conference before the Almeria clash.

“The one I see as the most similar in terms of characteristics is Ceballos.”

Ironically, however, the Spanish international was ruled out of the Copa del Rey final through discomfort in his right thigh. The situation also saw a complete reversal when Luka Modric played part in the final ten minutes and the player slated to be his replacement sat on the sidelines.

According to reports from MARCA, Ceballos’ injury is worse than initially expected. The midfielder will miss the midweek clash against Manchester City and the subsequent outing against Getafe. The earliest he could return is the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal.

The Spanish international’s absence for the coming week is a big blow to Carlo Ancelotti’s side. After all, he is the player the coach trusts most to play as an interior after Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

Ceballos’ stocks have grown in the second half of the season and he now regularly features week-in and week-out for Los Blancos. Needless to say, he is a more than able impact player off the bench for Ancelotti.

The 26-year-old has made 25 appearances for the Merengues in La Liga this season in addition to his six UCL starts. In that duration, he has racked up three assists and averages one key pass per game.

Ceballos may not have played a part in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final but he was one of the main reasons his side even stood on the grass that night. After all, it was his cameo against Villarreal that turned the tide and helped Real Madrid come back from two goals down.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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