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Official: Real Madrid defender ruled out of Atletico Madrid clash

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VALLADOLID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 30: David Alaba of Real Madrid warms up prior to the LaLiga Santander match between Real Valladolid CF and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla on December 30, 2022 in Valladolid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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After missing the last four games due to injury, David Alaba was included in Real Madrid’s squad list to take on Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. Carlo Ancelotti, himself, confirmed the Austrian’s presence in the starting lineup, saying:

“Alaba will play tomorrow. Tchouaméni, Hazard, Carvajal and Lucas are out.”

However, as it turns out, Alaba has not returned from his injury in time, and is still out of the game, confirmed by an official statement released by Madrid.

“David Alaba won’t play tonight’s game against Atletico Madrid, the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey. The defender is a last-minute absence for the clash,” the report said.

While the report does not confirm the reason, all signs point towards injury, which initially ruled him out for nearly a month.

Alaba last played for Madrid against Villarreal at the Estadio La Ceramica, where Los Blancos came out 2-1 losers, dropping from the top position in the league.

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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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