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Key Real Madrid duo could miss weekend La Liga clash against Girona – report

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According to the latest update from Cadena SER, Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Federico Valverde remain a doubt for the match against Girona.

Real Madrid will be aiming to return to winning ways when they play Girona at the Santiago Bernabeu this Sunday. They have some injury issues heading into the game, however.

Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Mariano Diaz, Dani Ceballos, and Valverde all missed the last match against RB Leipzig with injuries.

And while reports earlier this week indicated that the key trio of Modric, Benzema and Valverde will be back for the clash versus Girona, the latter two could still miss Sunday’s La Liga match.

Benzema did part of the training session today with the entire squad. But his involvement for Sunday’s clash remains uncertain as things stand.

The French international has missed the last two matches against Sevilla and RB Leipzig due to ‘muscle fatigue’ and Real Madrid do not wish to take any risk with their ace goalscorer.

Meanwhile, as per the update from Arancha Rodriguez, Valverde trained individually on the pitch today before continuing his training inside the gym, indicating that he did not participate in any team training. The journalist suggests that the Uruguayan international is still a doubt for Sunday’s match.

Valverde sustained an injury during the game against Sevilla last weekend and was seen departing from the Bernabeu with a bandage. At the time, it was reported that the injury is not serious and that he was expected to be back for the Girona clash.

Now, though, his involvement against the Catalan club remains in doubt.

Valverde has been in tremendous form for Real Madrid this season. The 24-year-old has lit up the stage with his energy and intensity while also adding goals to his game this season. His potential absence for another game will be a blow for Los Blancos as they prepare to take on Girona.

Modric, Ceballos and Mariano were spotted training with the rest of the squad and could be a part of the squad for Sunday.

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  1. Jon Gray

    October 29, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    Don’t know why anyone is mentioning Mariano as a possible player in the upcoming game. The guy is completely irrelevant to the team given his consistent poor form. It shows how dramatically a team like Real Madrid lacks depth of any kind. They need to recruit quite a few quality players in the January window of they are to stay on top of their gamein both La Liga and UEFA.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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