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Real Madrid defender set to miss Barcelona clash due to suspension – report

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Real Madrid may be flying high in La Liga, sitting top of the table after eight games with 21 points, but they have been dealing with a surge of bad news since before the season even started, especially in defence.

Thibaut Courtois picked up an ACL injury in training, and was ruled out for most of the season, which was followed by the same injury to Eder Militao, who is also expected to miss a large chunk of the season.

David Alaba, then limped off in the first half against Las Palmas, and is expected to be fit again to face Napoli tonight, but was excluded from the travelling squad.

Now, in the form of more bad news, Real Madrid have been dealt with a three-game suspension handed to Nacho.

The Spaniard picked up a direct red card for a reckless tackle against Portu on the weekend and the Girona winger had to be stretchered off. The Spanish FA have ruled it as violent conduct, and banned Nacho for three games, as per a report by MARCA.

Consequences: Osasuna, Sevilla, Barcelona

Real Madrid have a tough run of fixtures coming up for them, especially after the international break. Before that, though, they will host Osasuna, who have proven to be difficult opponents for top clubs across the last two seasons.

Post-break, though, they will visit the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to face Sevilla before making the trip to Catalonia on 28th October to lock horns against Barcelona for the first el Clasico of the season.

Nacho will miss all these games due to suspension, but is eligible to play against Braga in the Champions League, and is also starting against Napoli tonight.

Updates on Militao, Alaba

Eder Militao has returned to the Valdebebas without crutches ahead of recovery schedule, but is still expected to be sidelined for a few more weeks, if not months, and is unlikely to be fit again to face Barcelona.

As far as Alaba is concerned, the Austrian could be back in the squad against Osasuna on the weekend, but is not expected to start immediately back from a knock.

This leaves Antonio Rudiger as the only available fit first-team centre-back for the clash. Carlo Ancelotti might have to rely on one of Ferland Mendy, Daniel Carvajal, Aurelien Tchouameni, or even Eduardo Camavinga to fill that role if push comes to shove.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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