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Real Madrid forward did not train with team today, a doubt for Sevilla clash – report

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As Real Madrid continued their preparation for the game against Sevilla on Sunday, there was a notable absentee from the group training sessions at the Valdebebas today.

Indeed, as per journalist Melchor Ruiz, veteran striker Joselu did not train with the rest of the team today and is now a doubt for the game against Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu.

What’s happening with Joselu?

As was reported earlier this week, Joselu has been dealing with an ankle issue that led to him missing training. But it was always expected that he would recover in time for the visit of the Andalusian outfit on Sunday.

However, the veteran centre-forward did individual work inside the facilities at Valdebebas today instead of training with the rest of the group, casting doubts over his availability for the weekend clash.

Joselu has been in good nick for Real Madrid even though he has not been a regular starter under Carlo Ancelotti. The Spaniard is the joint second-highest goalscorer for Los Blancos this term, with 13 goals from 35 appearances.

The Espanyol loanee was on target last week in the 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano, and his form has convinced the Spanish capital club to sign him permanently.

Rudiger could return

Rudiger could return vs Sevilla (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

It is not all doom and gloom for Real Madrid though as Antonio Rudiger completed the training session with the group and there is optimism that he could be ready to face Sevilla.

Meanwhile, Jude Bellingham also did some work out on the pitch, albeit by himself, and the plan is for the 20-year-old to return next week against Valencia.

Eder Militao, Thibaut Courtois, and David Alaba are also unavailable for Sunday’s game while Dani Carvajal and Eduardo Camavinga will miss out through suspension.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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