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Official: Real Madrid confirm injuries to key duo, could be out for three weeks

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Real Madrid have issued two official statements confirming that defender David Alaba and midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni have picked up injuries to their right and left soleus muscle, respectively.

Los Blancos succumbed to their second La Liga defeat of this season last weekend when they were beaten 2-1 by Villarreal. It came as a setback in the defence of their title as Barcelona have opened up a three-point lead by defeating Atletico Madrid.

On the back of that setback, Carlo Ancelotti’s men have now been handed a double blow by the injuries to two key players in the form of Alaba and Tchouameni.

“After the tests carried out today on our player David Alaba by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a right soleus injury. Evolution pending,” the statement on Alaba read.

As for the update on Tchouameni’s condition, the statement read: “After the tests carried out on our player Aurélien Tchouameni by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a left soleus injury. Evolution pending.”

This development comes just before Real Madrid’s Spanish Super Cup semi-final clash against Valencia.

Reports suggest that Alaba picked up the knock during the match against Villarreal while Tchouameni injured himself in training earlier today.

While the club have not provided an exact timeline of recovery, Journalist Arancha Rodriguez (via RM4Arab) has claimed that the duo will be out of action for three weeks.

It means that they will miss the Spanish Super Cup matches this week as well as the Copa del Rey Round-of-16 tie against Villarreal and possibly the La Liga ties against Athletic Club and Real Sociedad.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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