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Opponent watch: Liverpool midfielder set to miss Real Madrid clash due to hip injury

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In another blow for Liverpool, midfielder Thiago Alcantara has suffered a hip injury that is set to sideline him for four weeks, reports The Telegraph, effectively ruling him out of the UEFA Champions League clash against Real Madrid.

Liverpool are going through a torrid campaign and are under the pump after a series of disappointing results in the Premier League.

Things will hardly get easier for them as the Reds will face defending European champions Real Madrid in the Round of 16 in the Champions League.

And Thiago could now be set to miss the match against Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

The former Barcelona midfielder is believed to have picked up a hip injury earlier this week, which will see him miss the Merseyside derby against Everton on Monday.

Liverpool will be taking on Real Madrid in less than ten days and it is expected that Thiago could be out for four weeks, which means he is unlikely to be available for the first leg of the Round of 16 contest either.

This comes as another hammerblow for Jurgen Klopp & co., who are already dealing with injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Ibrahima Konate, Roberto Firmino, and Calvin Ramsay while summer loan arrival Arthur Melo has not played a single game to date either.

The 31-year-old Thiago has played 24 times across all competition for the Premier League side this season, registering one assist in the process.

Liverpool will welcome Real Madrid to Anfield on 21st February for the first leg, before the reverse fixture is played on 15th March at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It will be a replay of the last season’s Champions League final, which Real Madrid won 1-0 to lift their 14th European title.

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France set for major boost as Real Madrid midfielder closes in on a return

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After a long wait, the European Championship is finally underway, with one of the tournament’s favourites Germany opening the competition with an emphatic 5-1 win over Scotland.

Another favourite to win the Euro 2024 is France, who will be in action on Monday as they take on Austria. One of the talking points heading into this game is the fitness of Real Madrid superstar, Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman had picked up an injury late into the 2023/24 campaign, which notably saw him miss the UEFA Champions League final. It was thought that the midfielder would miss a chunk of the Euros as well.

Tchouameni available for France’s group stage games

However, it appears Tchouameni has made a remarkable recovery and could be in contention to feature in France’s group-stage matches.

That is according to AS, which suggests that coach Didier Deschamps is counting on the midfielder to become available sooner rather than later.

Aurelien Tchouameni will soon be available for France. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Tchouameni has been ruled out for France’s opening game against Austria, the player is hoping to feature in the two remaining group matches against Poland and the Netherlands.

Up until this point, Tchouameni completed individual training sessions with France’s physical trainer. But recently, he was able to join the team’s training session ahead of the Austria game.

Tchouameni’s return could serve as a massive boost for France. Even though Les Bleus already have a stacked midfield unit, coach Deschamps is a huge admirer of Tchouameni and had backed him to get fit the moment he picked up an injury.

Deschamps, after all, did not opt to replace the Real Madrid star with another player.

France, of course, will have to proceed with caution, knowing the youngster has just recovered from his injury. But they can be hopeful of the player taking part as the tournament progresses.

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