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Just in: Real Madrid duo out of Atletico Madrid, Barcelona encounters due to injury

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In a major blow, Real Madrid duo David Alaba and Rodrygo Goes have been ruled out of the upcoming matches against Atletico Madrid and Barcelona due to injuries.

Alaba and Rodrygo both picked up injuries earlier this week during Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg tie against Liverpool at Anfield.

The pair did not show up to training today with the rest of the team, and now Sergio Valentin has come up with an update on their conditions.

As per the report, Alaba, who had sustained a hamstring injury against Liverpool and was taken off in the first half, will be out for close to a month.

Confirming the injury, Real Madrid issued an official statement, that read: “After the tests carried out today on our player David Alaba by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a muscle injury in the distal third of the right femoral biceps. Evolution pending.”

If he is ruled out for 30 days as reported by Valentin, it would mean that the 30-year-old Austrian will miss the upcoming derby against Atletico Madrid as well as the Copa del Rey semi-final versus Barcelona on March 2.

On top of that, Alaba will also miss La Liga clashes against Real Betis and Espanyol. His involvement in the second leg against Liverpool, as well as the league Clasico on March 19, is ruled out and he would likely return after the international break.

As for Rodrygo, the Brazilian was reported to have sustained an overload in his gluteus muscle. The club confirmed the nature of his injury in a statement that read:

“After the tests carried out today on our player Rodrygo by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with an injury to the left piriformis muscle. Evolution pending.”

And Sergio Valentin is reporting that the 22-year-old forward would likely be sidelined for a period of ten days, which effectively rules him out of the derby as well as the cup semi-final.

Apart from the duo, Real Madrid are also yet to recover Ferland Mendy, who is likely to be back in training after a couple of weeks at least. However, Carlo Ancelotti did welcome back Aurelien Tchouameni into training today after he missed the past couple of games due to flu.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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