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Real Madrid baller in danger of missing the World Cup following injury – report

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Defending champions France have not had it easy coming into the 2022 World Cup. Their starting midfielders — N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba have already been ruled out due to injuries, while star forward Christopher Nkunku picked up an injury in training and will miss the tournament.

Life in the French camp is not getting easier, either, with reports from Andres Ramos claiming that Karim Benzema found it very difficult to train with the team today and had to leave injured.

The journalist claims that the striker was not even at his ‘60%’, and that it could, potentially compromise his presence in the World Cup.

He has been ruled out for the pre-tournament friendly against Australia, and is ‘almost ruled out’ from the World Cup, as well. Benzema is going through medical examinations right now.

This is a massive hurdle for Didier Deschamps given Benzema’s form coming into the World Cup. The Real Madrid striker was at the heart of everything last season, winning the Ballon d’Or following success in La Liga and the Champions League.

This campaign, however, has been rather turbulent for him. Unfortunately, the veteran striker has picked up several injuries across the 2022/23 season.

Carlo Ancelotti has deployed star Rodrygo in his place multiple times this season, but as talented as the Brazilian is, he has been unable to replicate Benzema’s exploits.

Benzema had already missed France’s World Cup-winning campaign in 2018 and is now in danger of missing out on the defence.

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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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