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Official: Real Madrid veteran down with ankle injury, out for three weeks

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In a fresh blow, Real Madrid have officially confirmed that veteran striker Joselu has suffered an ankle injury.

“After the tests carried out on our player Joselu by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with bone edema in his right ankle. Evolution pending,” the statement from the club read.

Joselu had not trained with the rest of the team this week due to the same ankle issue, although it was initially expected that he could be ready in time for the Sevilla clash on Sunday.

But after today’s training session, it emerged that his availability for the weekend La Liga encounter was a doubt.

Now, Real Madrid have officially announced that the striker is sidelined with an ankle injury.

While the club has not provided a timescale for his return, journalist Jorge C Picon is reporting that the Merengues estimate that the Spanish veteran will be out for a period of three weeks.

As such, Joselu is now expected to miss the games against Sevilla, Valencia, and Celta Vigo in La Liga, along with the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second-leg tie against RB Leipzig. His involvement in the clash versus Osasuna will also be under doubt.

It comes as yet another blow for Real Madrid in a season that has been riddled with injuries.

Joselu, with 13 goals, is the joint second-highest goalscorer for the club this season and his absence will be felt, especially with Jude Bellingham also currently unavailable.

Real Madrid will now go into Sunday’s game without Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Jude Bellingham, Joselu, Dani Carvajal (suspended), and Eduardo Camavinga (suspended).

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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