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Official: Real Madrid squad list for the FIFA Club World Cup

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Following the disappointing defeat to RCD Mallorca in La Liga, Real Madrid will turn their attention towards the FIFA Club World Cup, taking place in Morocco.

Los Blancos enter the competition directly at the semi-final stage courtesy of their UEFA Champions League triumph last season. And they will be facing Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the final-four stages on Wednesday.

With the team set to fly to Rabat, Morocco, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the 22-man squad list that will be making the trip.

Unsurprisingly, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, Eden Hazard, and Lucas Vazquez are all absent from the list as they recover from their respective injury issues.

Meanwhile, first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has also been left behind after he picked up a groin injury during warm-up prior to the Mallorca clash on Sunday.

There have been reports claiming that the Belgian could recover in time for the final, should Real Madrid qualify, but for now, he will not be travelling with the rest of the team.

Meanwhile, Ancelotti has also called up a few youngsters from the Castilla team as Mario Martin, Sergio Arribas, and Marvel make the cut.

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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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