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Real Madrid defender out for 7-10 days with hamstring injury, could return for derby

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Melchor Ruiz of COPE has provided a fresh update on the situation of Real Madrid defender Eder Militao, who picked up an injury against Celtic earlier this week.

The win against the Scottish champions came at some cost for Los Blancos as Karim Benzema is expected to be sidelined for a few weeks after injuring his knee. The 34-year-old striker will, in all likelihood, miss the derby against Atletico Madrid next weekend.

Along with Benzema, Militao had also picked up an injury at Celtic Park on Tuesday night. He had undergone tests yesterday which had shown that the condition of his injury was not bad.

Now, there has been a fresh update on the Brazilian defender’s injury situation. Melchor Ruiz is reporting that Militao has injured his left hamstring, but it is not anything serious or major. However, it is likely to keep him out of action for 7-10 days at the very least.

That effectively rules Militao out of the weekend La Liga clash against RCD Mallorca. In addition to that, the 24-year-old will also miss the Champions League clash next week against RB Leipzig.

But, the update indicates that the former FC Porto could recover in time for the derby against Atletico Madrid next weekend. That will come as good news for Real Madrid even though they have quality cover in defence in the form of Antonio Rudiger.

The German international has not played all that much since arriving from Chelsea in the summer, with Carlo Ancelotti preferring his tried and tested partnership of Militao and David Alaba.

But the upcoming two matches will provide Rudiger with a solid opportunity to carve out a place for himself in the lineup. Once Militao returns, the manager can pair him up with the German while utilising Alaba at left-back ahead of Ferland Mendy.

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Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano

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Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.

The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.

The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.

As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.

But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.

Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.

The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.

So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.

All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.

Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.

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