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Manchester City defender taken off injured vs Leeds ahead of Real Madrid clash

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With Manchester City set to face Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu in three days, they may have been handed an injury blow ahead of the game.

The Cityzens are currently playing Leeds United in the Premier League and saw defender Nathan Ake get subbed off due to an injury.

The Dutchman has become a regular fixture in the starting XI for Pep Guardiola this season, operating as the first-choice left-back. He had only recently recovered from an injury and made his return earlier this week against West Ham United.

Having started the match against Leeds today, Ake had to be taken off ten minutes into the second half due to a suspected hamstring strain. The 28-year-old was replaced by Kyle Walker on the pitch.

Ake’s possible injury could come as a concern for Guardiola & co. ahead of some important fixtures coming up, none more so than the match against Real Madrid. The 28-year-old Dutchman has played 38 times across all competitions this season and even scored three goals.

Meanwhile, Kevin De Bruyne has also recovered from his injury as confirmed by Guardiola on Friday. And he started the game against Leeds United, although the Manchester City boss opted to rest other important stars like Jack Grealish, Bernardo Silva, John Stones, and Ruben Dias.

Real Madrid, who will play Osasuna in the finals of the Copa del Rey later tonight, will be watching the match at the Etihad Stadium with a close eye ahead of their meeting against City on Tuesday night. And Ake’s potential injury will be perceived as a boost.

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

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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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