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.
Real Madrid defender’s camp asked the club to sign a backup in his position – report
The lack of options in the full-back positions at Real Madrid has become a subject of intense debate.
Real Madrid went into the season with Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez as their right-back options while Ferland Mendy was the only left-back at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal, as David Alaba made it clear that he wished to play as a central defender.
The shortage of quality depth has come to haunt Real Madrid in recent times as both Vazquez and Carvajal have spent time on the sidelines while Mendy has also fallen to an injury recently.
With Alaba also struggling for fitness, Ancelotti has been forced to use Eduardo Camavinga at left-back in the last two matches.
Amidst this, Guillermo Rai of The Athletic is reporting that Mendy has been asked to play in games even when he has not been at 100% fitness on occasions this season by Real Madrid.
Hence, the Frenchman’s entourage had asked the Merengues to sign a backup left-back so that they can rotate more freely and give the defender rest when he is not at 100%.
However, their request was not heeded by the reigning Spanish and European champions, leaving Mendy as the lone left-back in the squad.
But that has changed recently as Real Madrid are understood to have triggered €5 million buyback option on Rayo Vallecano’s Fran Garcia, who will return to the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.
For now, however, Ancelotti will have to cope with just Mendy as his frontline left-back, although Camavinga’s recent performances have shown that he can be relied on in times of emergency.
Nacho, too, is an option, although the Real Madrid cantera has been filling in at right-back in recent weeks and could be needed at centre-back following Eder Militao’s injury against Valencia on Thursday night.