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Official: Three Real Madrid players start for France vs Ronaldo’s Portugal

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The second quarter-finals of the UEFA Euro 2024 will kick off in an hour at Volksparkstadion in Hamburg as favourites France take on 2016 winners Portugal.

The lineups for both teams are out ahead of what is one of the most highly-anticipated encounters of the tournament thus far.

And Real Madrid have heavy representation on the field in this star-studded encounter.

Indeed, three Los Blancos stars feature in the starting XI for France as new signing Kylian Mbappe captains the team while Aurelien Tchouameni retains his spot in midfield.

Eduardo Camavinga is the third Real Madrid player that features, getting a rare starting opportunity for Les Bleus thanks to the suspension of Adrien Rabiot.

As for Portugal, two Real Madrid legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe are in the starting lineup, meaning the history of Los Blancos goes head-to-head against the future.

Neither team has been firing on all cylinders at the Euros thus far. Both Mbappe and Ronaldo have also been far from their best and thus will be aiming to step up and lead their respective teams to the semi-finals.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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