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Real Madrid defender ruled out of Spanish Super Cup final, youngster a major doubt

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Real Madrid’s win over Valencia in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final came at a brutal cost, to say the very least. After 120 minutes of play followed by a penalty shootout, injuries emerged to as many as three first-team players.

And according to Spanish publication MARCA, medical tests are scheduled for the likes of Lucas Vazquez and Eder Militao to know the extent of the troubles. Between the two, the former seems to have picked up an ankle sprain and is now ruled out of the final.

Meanwhile, a certain Eduardo Camavinga suffered a blow to his knee as well and according to the aforementioned outlet, the team is growing increasingly worried after the first examination of the midfielder.

Although the seriousness of his issue is lesser than Vazquez, the official word is yet to arrive.

Speaking about the initial prognosis, manager Carlo Ancelotti mentioned after the game that although Militao will be fine ahead of the final, injuries to Vazquez and Cavaminga are pretty serious.

“Camavinga had a knock on his knee, Lucas Vazquez sprained his ankle and Militao felt dizzy. Militao is fine because I’ve spoken to him. We have to evaluate Camavinga and Lucas Vázquez seems to have the most serious injury,” said the manager.

Interestingly for Ancelotti, even if Vazquez is ruled out, he will have both of his regular full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy available for selection as the duo did not start against Valencia, having been dealing with their fitness issues, although they were forced to come on in the game.

As far as Militao is concerned, the Brazilian was left shaken after the ball hit straight to his face. To know the severity, he will undergo neurological tests today.

Apart from Militao, Camavinga and Vazquez, midfielder Federico Valverde is also understood to have picked up knocks on Wednesday, but that is unlikely to hinder his availability for the final on Sunday.

It must be remembered that Madrid travelled to Saudi Arabia without David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni, who are suffering from muscular injuries. On the other hand, Alvaro Odriozola is absent as well.

Overall, the only major issue Ancelotti has at the moment concerns defence and pretty much the midfield. 

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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