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Real Madrid ace not injured, suffering from ‘overload’ – report

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Real Madrid’s excellent start to the season came to a halt when they were to a 1-1 draw by Girona on Sunday evening.

One of the major reasons behind the Merengues’ mishap was the lack of a proper striker. Despite reports beforehand indicating the return of star striker Karim Benzema, the forward was not able to feature against Girona.

It led to Carlo Ancelotti opting for Rodrygo as the main number nine, with Vinicius Junior and Federico Valverde featuring out wide.

Benzema’s absence against the Catalans propagated rumours of the striker’s prolonged absence. However, according to Arancha Rodriguez (h/t Madrid Xtra), the Frenchman had no major fitness issues yesterday and had even passed the fitness tests.

Rodriguez speculates that the striker may have an ‘overload’, which played a key role in ruling him out of the Girona game and casting doubts over his involvement for the next game.

At the end of the day, it is only Benzema who is aware of his fitness status and whether or not he would return to action in the upcoming game against Celtic remains in limbo.

Real Madrid, for their part, would welcome the return of the French international, whose absence has cost the club dearly in the past two matches.

Indeed, Real Madrid have failed to win in their last two competitive matches, and even though qualification to the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League has been sealed, it could be imperative for them to seal the group stage on a bright note.

That is where the return of Benzema could prove to be handy, although with Ancelotti having one eye on the Monday night contest against Rayo Vallecano, it would not come as a surprise to see the striker starting on the bench in the Celtic affair.

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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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