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Real Madrid defender will miss UCL semi-final first leg due to suspension if they qualify

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Real Madrid defender Eder Militao will not be a part of the team’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg, provided they qualify, as he is set to be suspended for one match.

Real Madrid are currently facing Chelsea in the second leg of their UCL quarter-final at Stamford Bridge and have a 2-0 aggregate lead from the first leg.

Militao entered the game having picked up two yellow cards so far in the Champions League. While cards are erased after the quarter-final stages, any suspensions are carried forward to the penultimate phase of the competition, meaning a yellow card in today’s game would result in Militao being suspended.

And that is exactly what happened as the defender was booked for a high challenge in the first period at Stamford Bridge.

It will now see Militao miss the first leg of the UCL semi-final against Bayern Munich or Manchester City, although they still have an hour to get through at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea to book a place in the final-four stage.

The Brazilian international was also seen limping on the pitch and Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping that there is no injury issue with his centre-back.

Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal is also in a similar situation and will need to avoid a booking in order to not get suspended for the possible semi-final.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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