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Official: Mbappe, Tchouameni start for France vs Belgium | UEFA Euro 2024

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With France aiming to make it through to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Euro 2024, Belgium stand in their way in the Round of 16 stages.

With the two teams set to square off in an hour or so at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf, the starting lineups are out.

Two Real Madrid stars, Kylian Mbappe and Aurelien Tchouameni, start for France against Belgium in the knockout fixture.

France have not been at their best at the Euros so far but Mbappe has been a key figure, scoring their only goal in the 1-1 draw against Poland after having forced an own goal in the 1-0 win over Austria.

Tchouameni, meanwhile, has returned from injury and started France’s last two games against the Netherlands and Poland after missing the opener with Austria.

While Mbappe and Tchouameni feature, their fellow Real Madrid teammates, Eduardo Camavinga and Ferland Mendy have to make do with a spot on the bench once again.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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