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Real Madrid defender set to be available for derby, Benzema and Vazquez will miss out

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Real Madrid centre-back Eder Militao is available for selection for the first derby of the season against Atletico Madrid this weekend.

As reported by Mundo Deportivo, the 24-year-old defender trained at the same pace as his teammates after recovering from the muscle injury he sustained against Celtic in Real Madrid’s first UEFA Champions League 2022-23 group stage game in Glasgow.

The 24-year-old was forced off at half-time to be replaced by Antonio Rudiger. The injury led to him missing his side’s next two games; the 4-1 win over Mallorca and the recent 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig.

Real Madrid players returned to training in Valdebebas merely 12 hours after beating Leipzig at the Santiago Bernabeu. Among the players who trained ahead of the derby was Militao, although there were a couple of notable absentees too.

Those were club captain Karim Benzema and versatile star Lucas Vazquez. Like Militao, Benzema, too, was a loss against Celtic. The Frenchman was substituted within the 30-minute mark and hasn’t appeared for the club since. 

As of today, both Benzema and Vazquez are working inside the facility to recover from their respective injuries, which means they are surely out for the derby.

As for Vazquez, the 31-year-old played 71 minutes against Mallorca before suffering a muscle injury. Initial reports suggested that he will be out for about three weeks. Fortunately enough, he has started light training along with Benzema but will not be available against Atletico for sure.

Dani Carvajal started on the right side of the defence against RB Leipzig and judging by the looks of things, the Spaniard will keep his place against the cross-town rivals this weekend.

For now, the aforementioned source says the rest of the team did ‘possession exercises, ball exits, games on small pitches and the session ended with shots on goal’. 

Meanwhile, it must be noted that the away fixture against Atletico Madrid will be the final game before the season goes into the international break.

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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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