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Real Madrid attacker could be fit to face Barcelona in Clasico semi-final – report

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Real Madrid will lock horns with arch-rivals Barcelona in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals on Thursday at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ahead of the game, manager Carlo Ancelotti is sweating over the fitness of several players. Ferland Mendy is still recovering from his injury and is very much likely to miss out against Barça.

David Alaba, who picked up an injury during the game against Liverpool last week, is also set to be absent, as he is expected to be out for a month.

However, in somewhat of a boost, Rodrygo Goes could recover in time to play the semi-final first leg against the Catalan giants on Thursday night.

This claim comes from Edu Aguirre, who reports that there are good chances that the Brazilian could be ready for the Copa del Rey semi-final Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Rodrygo, like Alaba, picked up an injury during the UEFA Champions League encounter versus Liverpool last week. The 22-year-old hurt his gluteus muscle and was expected to be out of action for at least ten days, casting doubts over his involvement in the Barcelona clash.

However, in a positive update, Aguirre is claiming that Rodrygo could return to feature against the La Liga leaders in the cup semi-final.

It must be noted that the Brazilian was not part of the training session today, but with still a couple of days left before the game, there could be time for him to recover and make himself available for the important El Clasico.

Real Madrid are not the only time hit by injuries heading into the game as Barcelona will also be without three important players in the form of Pedri, Ousmane Dembele and Robert Lewandowski, with the latter getting injured last night against UD Almeria.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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