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Real Madrid ace could return in time for Barcelona clash, but full-back out for six weeks

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As Real Madrid gear up to take on arch-rivals Barcelona in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie, they could be in line to receive an injury boost.

Reports this past weekend suggested that Antonio Rudiger is a doubt for the El Clasico against Barcelona due to a knee injury.

But earlier today, the German international was spotted training and it is now being claimed by Javi Herraez of Cadena SER that the former Chelsea man could become available for the match against the Blaugrana.

Rudiger’s potential availability comes as a boost for Real Madrid, especially at a time when they are set to be without Ferland Mendy.

The Frenchman suffered a calf muscle injury in training last week and it was reported that he would be out of action for close to a month.

However, according to the latest reports from Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, Mendy could be sidelined for a total of six weeks.

Mendy had only recently returned from a two-month spell out on the sidelines due to a knee issue, but is again facing time out on the treatment tables.

With the Frenchman set to be absent for an extended period, Carlo Ancelotti will likely count on David Alaba at left-back, with Eder Militao and the aforementioned Rudiger pairing up at the heart of the defence.

If the former Chelsea ace fails to recover in time, Ancelotti could deploy Alaba as a centre-back alongside Militao while starting Nacho Fernandez in the left-back position.

Mariano Diaz, who was also absent for the 6-0 win over Real Valladolid on Sunday afternoon, is also expected to return to the squad for the game against Barcelona this midweek.

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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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