Dani Ceballos has become the latest casualty to the strenuous October schedule, with Real Madrid recently confirming his injury.
In an official statement, the club have stated that the midfielder has been diagnosed with an injury to the biceps femoris. The announcement comes in the aftermath of a knock picked up before the UEFA Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk.
The former Real Betis starlet was presumed to be out for a long period as initial suggestions over his hamstring injury were far from positive.
Although Real Madrid themselves have refused to offer an exact timeframe on his return, Ceballos’ injury is not thought to be as serious.
Recent reports suggest that the signs are positive, following an MRI scan. As such, the Spaniard could only miss out on a period of up to three to four weeks. In fact, he could return to action before the 2022 FIFA World Cup starts next month.
Ceballos is reportedly eyeing a return before the Girona game at the end of October. This could serve as a major relief for Real Madrid, who have limited depth in the squad and cannot afford to have players sidelined, especially at this crucial juncture.
Although Ceballos was far from a regular starter in the first team, his availability for the coming weeks could have been vital in Carlo Ancelotti’s bid to keep the troops fresh and avoid the risk of any further injuries.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.