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Real Madrid defender a serious doubt for Rayo Vallecano clash due to hip overload

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Real Madrid will face off against local rivals Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Monday night but could have to do so without star defender Antonio Rudiger.

According to journalist Mario Cortegana of MARCA, the German defender was not seen in training with the rest of the team earlier today and is a serious doubt for Monday’s match due to hip overload.

Rudiger joined Real Madrid in the summer and has made a solid impact since arriving, even though Carlo Ancelotti continues to prefer the centre-back pairing of Eder Militao and David Alaba.

The former Chelsea ace has made some vital contributions, including the last-minute equaliser against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League that salvaged a point for Los Blancos.

In total, the 29-year-old has played 17 times in all competitions for the Spanish capital club (ten starts), scoring two goals in the process.

He has made an appearance in each of Real Madrid’s 12 La Liga encounters this term, but is now at the risk of missing the upcoming encounter versus Rayo Vallecano at Estadio Vallecas on Monday night.

Rudiger was not the only player to miss training today as Karim Benzema also did not participate in the sessions. However, the Frenchman is expected to be involved in group training tomorrow and should be available for the match.

With Rudiger a serious doubt, Ancelotti will likely be forced to continue with Militao and Alaba as his centre-back pairing or he could decide to bring in Nacho for one of the former two.

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Official: Real Madrid duo start for Spain against Luka Modric’s Croatia

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Spain will begin their UEFA Euro 2024 journey in a little over an hour with a clash against Croatia at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Ahead of the match, Luis de la Fuente has announced the starting lineup that will be taking the field for La Roja and two Real Madrid stars feature in the team.

Indeed, Los Blancos’ captain Nacho Fernandez gets the nod as one of the centre-backs amid some injury concerns for Spain.

Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal holds on to his usual place as the right-back for La Roja against Croatia.

There is no place in the starting lineup for Real Madrid forward Joselu, though, with De la Fuente preferring Alvaro Morata as his No. 9 instead.

While Croatia are yet to announce their starting lineup, it is all but certain that Real Madrid midfielder and legend Luka Modric will be in the team and will be captaining them against two of his club teammates today.

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