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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 superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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