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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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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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