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Real Madrid duo will undergo tests tomorrow to determine availability vs Atletico
As Real Madrid gear up for a crucial derby against Atletico Madrid on Saturday, manager Carlo Ancelotti is sweating over the fitness of two of his players in David Alaba and Rodrygo Goes.
Alaba and Rodrygo picked up injuries during the Merengues’ UEFA Champions League clash against Liverpool on Tuesday night and are deemed doubts for the derby at this point.
And, according to MARCA, the Real Madrid duo will undergo tests tomorrow based on which their availability for the derby against Atletico Madrid will be determined.
Alaba suffered a strain in his right hamstring against Liverpool and had to be taken off just 27 minutes into the contest at Anfield, with Nacho Fernandez replacing him.
While the club have not confirmed the Austrian’s injury, as things stand, it seems unlikely that he will be ready in time for the clash against Diego Simeone’s side as per the report.
Alaba had only recently returned from an injury that had sidelined him for most of January. He had played 90 minutes in each of the Merengues’ previous four games prior to the Liverpool clash. This latest setback will come as a blow for the player and Ancelotti as well.
Meanwhile, Rodrygo left the field with less than ten minutes left against Liverpool due to an overload in the left gluteus. And, as per the report, the Brazilian will undergo MRI scans tomorrow to see whether there is a minor tear or if it is just an overload.
Depending on that, the 22-year-old’s availability for the game against Atletico Madrid will be decided upon.
So, it remains to be seen whether Alaba and Rodrygo could be declared fit to face the Colchoneros in La Liga on Saturday evening.
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Atletico Madrid competing with Barcelona, Liverpool for 26-year-old midfielder
Sofyan Amrabat is a player in demand, with the midfielder reportedly a top target for various clubs during the January transfer window, as confirmed by his brother.
However, Atletico Madrid are also keeping tabs on the Moroccan international, with the club said to be interested in bringing him to Wanda Metropolitano.
According to Foot Mercato, Amrabat is keen on moving to La Liga, and Atletico Madrid are one of the clubs that he admires. The midfielder had previously praised Atleti boss Diego Simeone, further fueling speculation of a potential move to the Spanish capital.
Atletico Madrid’s interest in Amrabat comes in the midst of uncertainty over the future of Axel Witsel.
The Fiorentina star could be a possible replacement for the Belgian midfielder, whose contract at the club expires at the end of the season, with his father hinting at a possible exit.
However, Atleti would face competition from Barcelona in the pursuit of Amrabat, who appears to be prioritising a move to Camp Nou. The Moroccan international could potentially become an excellent alternative for Barça’s top target, Martin Zubimendi.
However, Fiorentina is unlikely to let the midfielder go cheaply, and Barcelona would have to sort out their economic situation to afford him.
That is where Atletico Madrid might look to get ahead of the Catalans. Although the Spanish giants are also struggling with finances, they may still be able to swoop in and secure the services of the Fiorentina star come the end of the season.
It is too early to deduce anything just yet. A lot will be uncovered as we enter the final phase of the season. Amrabat himself will be keen on making a definitive decision on his future, as he looks to take the next step in his career.