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Real Madrid defender suffers injury on national team duty

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Real Madrid have a number of players representing their respective national teams at the UEFA Euro 2024, with a large contingent expected to qualify for the knockout stages.

One player who will certainly be playing in the Round of 16 is Antonio Rudiger, after his Germany team finished at the top of Group A, following the 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Sunday night.

Antonio Rudiger suffers injury

However, while Germany will be pleased to have clawed out a draw against Switzerland and finished at the top of their group, there is an injury concern for them heading into the knockouts.

Indeed, as reported by Kerry Hau, Real Madrid and Germany ace Rudiger suffered a muscle strain in the back of his thigh during the draw against Switzerland.

While it is unclear as to when the seasoned campaigner suffered the injury, the German national team medical staff are optimistic that the player will be fit to play in the Round of 16 clash this Saturday.

Rudiger suffers minor injury vs Switzerland. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Rudiger enjoyed a special season with Real Madrid, stepping up as the leader of the defence following the injuries to Eder Militao and David Alaba.

However, the Euros have not gone to plans for the ex-Chelsea man thus far, as he scored an own goal in the opener against Scotland while he had a tough time defending last night against the Swiss as well.

Despite that, Rudiger is seen as a key pillar in the team by manager Julian Nagelsmann and he will be hoping to have the Real Madrid ace back fit in time for Germany’s Round of 16 clash on Saturday.

The hosts of the tournament are yet to determine their opponents for the first knockout round after finishing at the top of Group A ahead of Switzerland, Hungary, and Scotland.

As for Real Madrid, they will be closely monitoring the fitness situations of their players ahead of the pre-season next month.

The likes of Kylian Mbappe, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eduardo Camavinga have all had some physical discomforts already and now Rudiger too joins that list.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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