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Real Madrid defender not ruled out of El Clasico despite not training with team today

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The midweek UEFA Champions League encounter against Shakhtar Donetsk ensured Real Madrid’s progression to the knockout stages but came at a cost as Antonio Rudiger picked up a nasty facial injury.

The German international scored the 95th-minute equaliser for Los Blancos to earn the point that took them into the Round of 16.

However, he was involved in a collision with the Shakhtar goalkeeper while heading the goal, which left him with a deep cut close to his right eye. Rudiger needed as many as 21 stitches to close the gash.

Following the injury, the former Chelsea defender’s involvement in El Clasico has been cast into doubt.

With the monumental clash against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu just three days away, Melchor Ruiz of COPE is reporting that Rudiger did not train with the rest of the team today and the swelling around his eye has still not reduced.

Despite that, the German is not ruled out of El Clasico on Sunday. It is also stated that Rudiger is feeling well and that Los Blancos are studying various possible mask designs for the centre-back to wear in case he is deemed ready to take the pitch against the Blaugrana.

Rudiger joined Real Madrid only this past summer and has fared well so far in his time at the Spanish capital club.

The 29-year-old, though, is behind Eder Militao and David Alaba in the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti and even if he is fully fit for Sunday, it is likely that he might be benched in favour of the former two.

But, with Militao himself having suffered a minor muscular issue last week against Getafe, Ancelotti will have some key decisions to make with regard to his defensive personnel for the blockbuster encounter versus Barcelona.

Apart from Rudiger, Thibaut Courtois is also a major doubt for the contest, with the Belgian yet to return to group training.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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