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Real Madrid defender out for two weeks due to thigh injury – report

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The pre-season is supposed to be the window in time for the manager to test his resources and plan ahead of the new campaign. On that front, the current pre-season is seen as a critical one for Real Madrid.

The Merengues have lost some critical players over the past few months, and the manager finds a relatively different squad at his disposal when compared to the group he had last season. He has thus had to experiment on multiple levels including the formation in use.

One of the most important positions where Ancelotti faced a dilemma was left-back.

Despite the arrival of Fran Garcia, the manager has opted to give Ferland Mendy the start in two of the team’s three pre-season games.

The Frenchman’s injury against Barcelona thus came as a big blow. As revealed by the club website, tests carried out on Mendy reveal a muscle injury in the right femoral biceps muscle of his thigh. His return will be based on how his situation evolves.

The French star is expected to be out for at least two weeks with his latest setback and is a doubt even for the league opener against Athletic Club in mid-August, reports Arancha Rodriguez (h/t Madrid Xtra).

Mendy’s injuries a reason of concern. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

More importantly, his injury puts the brakes on any potential move away from Real Madrid that was on the cards.

Injury-riddled history

Real Madrid see the left-back department with a lens of worry given Mendy’s inability to make a tangible difference in the final third.

Concurrently, however, there are doubts over his fitness.

Last season, the defender missed a staggering 92 days through injury across two spells on the sidelines. As a result, he missed 23 games for the club which necessitated the use of Eduardo Camavinga at left-back.

His latest injury less than 150 minutes into the pre-season campaign thus comes as a worry.

In fact, it is safe to say that Garcia could well take over as the primary left-back from this point on.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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