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Real Madrid duo expected to be on the US pre-season tour after early Euro exit

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With the UEFA Euro 2024 knockout stages kicking off later tonight, Real Madrid have a number of players representing their national teams at the tournament in Germany.

But, a couple of Los Blancos stars have had to deal with the disappointment of an early exit as Luka Modric’s Croatia and Andriy Lunin’s Ukraine were eliminated from the competition after the group stage itself.

Modric, Lunin to be on the US tour

Now, AS reports that following their early elimination from the UEFA Euro 2024, both Luka Modric and Andriy Lunin would be expected to be a part of the travelling squad for Real Madrid’s pre-season tour of the USA.

As per the report, only those Real Madrid players who reach at least the semi-finals of the European Championship or the Copa America will be allowed to be absent from the US trip.

And with Modric and Lunin becoming the first Merengues’ stars to be eliminated from the Euros, they are expected to join the expedition that will travel to the United States on 28 July.

Lunin will return to pre-season earlier than expected. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Real Madrid will start their US tour in Chicago with a friendly against AC Milan on July 31, before travelling to New Jersey to face Barcelona in a Clasico three days later.

The reigning Spanish and European champions will wind up their tour with a game against Chelsea in North Carolina on August 6.

When does the pre-season start and who will be available?

Ancelotti has informed his players who are not involved in any international competitions to reconvene for pre-season training on July 15.

As things stand, Thibaut Courtois, Fran Gonzalez, Fran Garcia, David Alaba, Lucas Vazquez, Dani Ceballos, and Brahim Diaz are expected to be present, along with returning loanees Reinier Jesus and Jesus Vallejo.

Rafa Marin would also have been called up but is expected to finalise a move away to Napoli in the coming days.

Modric and Lunin could also join the aforementioned players earlier than expected following their Euro exits.

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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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