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Kroos on target as Real Madrid play out 1-1 draw vs Leganes in friendly – report

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Real Madrid continued their preparations for the restart of the 2022/23 campaign later this month with a friendly match against Leganes earlier today.

It was a behind-closed-doors friendly encounter that saw Carlo Ancelotti give game-time to the players who were not part of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. And as reported by El Chiringuito TV, the contest ended in a 1-1 draw.

It was a training match with two halves of thirty minutes each as per the report and Toni Kroos was the player who found the back of the net for Real Madrid on the day.

What will please the fans is that Karim Benzema was seen back in action for Real Madrid. The French centre-forward has not played a game for Los Blancos since November 2, when he made an appearance against Celtic in the UEFA Champions League.

Benzema receiving some valuable minutes ahead of the resumption of the 2022/23 season later this month will certainly come as a boost for the Merengues.

Along with Benzema, David Alaba, who also rejoined training only recently, was also involved for Real Madrid in the training match against Leganes.

Journalist Hugo Cerezo reports that Real Madrid started with Andriy Lunin in goal, with Lucas Vazquez, Jesus Vallejo, Nacho Fernandez and Ferland Mendy forming the backline.

Kroos started in midfield along with Dani Ceballos and Alaba. Alvaro Odriozola played as a winger, partnering Benzema and Mariano Diaz in the frontline.

Benzema was taken off at half-time for Sergio Arribas while fellow Castilla prospects like Carlos Dotor and Rafa Marin also received minutes.

The reigning La Liga champions will return to action in the league on December 30 when they visit Estadio Jose Zorrilla to take on Real Valladolid.

Real Madrid are currently trailing arch-rivals Barcelona by two points in the La Liga table. Therefore, it is important that they make a winning start when the campaign resumes in a couple of weeks.

Ancelotti’s team are expected to play a few more friendly matches before facing Valladolid on December 30, by which time the manager should have the full squad at his disposal.

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Injury update – Kylian Mbappe could be out for 4-5 weeks

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Real Madrid’s new signing Kylian Mbappe suffered a serious injury to his nose during France’s win over Austria earlier this month. The setback even saw the forward sit out the team’s next game against The Netherlands.

As revealed in an update by Diario AS, however, the player’s injury is not as bad as initially anticipated. Contrary to the tentative diagnosis that he may have fractured his nose, it now appears to only be a strong deviation.

It is clear that the player must go under the blade for a smooth recovery. While Real Madrid prefer the procedure to take place immediately, they understand the player’s decision to postpone it until after the Euros.

A month out

Mbappe’s nasal injury will take a minimum of three weeks to heal once he goes under the blade. A more realistic and safer return date would be a month to five weeks after the procedure.

The new signing, thus, will likely miss pre-season with Carlo Ancelotti’s side and there was doubt over his participation in the all-important UEFA Super Cup against Atalanta on 14th June.

The Spanish outlet, however, state that the player could make it back just in time to make his debut against the Serie A side.

After all, the Euro final is scheduled for the 15th of July. Should Mbappe make it that far with France and then undergo surgery, he will still have close to a month before Real Madrid take to the field in Warsaw.

Commitment like none other

Despite facing a serious injury blow in France’s opening clash against Austria, Mbappe insisted and pushed until the very end to participate against the Dutch side on Matchday 2.

Over the years, the French phenom has established himself as not only the epitome of consistency but also dedication. Given how playing for Real Madrid was always his dream, he will do everything in his capacity to participate in the Super Cup.

His presentation as a Real Madrid player will likely take place immediately after France conclude their campaign in the Euros and before he undergoes surgery.

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