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Real Madrid forward not injured, been dealing with knee discomfort – report

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Rodrygo Goes was fabulous in Real Madrid’s 4-2 win over Almeria on Saturday night. In 72 minutes on the field, the Brazilian ace netted one goal and provided one assist in addition to completing three dribbles and one key pass.

However, the alarm bells rang when he was substituted off early for suspected fitness trouble. Later in the game, Rodrygo was seen with an ice-pack around his knee on the sidelines and thus triggering a number of rumours over the seriousness of his injury.

According to reports from AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), however, the protege is not injured. He has been dealing with knee discomfort for a while now since the end of the recent international break. The prognosis around his setback is favourable.

The wave of worry from across the globe concerning Rodrygo’s fitness is understandable, given the important games the Merengues have coming up. In addition to the UEFA Champions League tie against Manchester City later this month, the Galacticos face Osasuna in the final of the Copa del Rey next week.

All three fixtures are must-win games in theory for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Thus, Rodrygo’s involvement on all three nights will be critical.

Despite being just 22 years of age, the Brazilian has had a breakthrough season under Ancelotti this term. In 29 La Liga appearances, he has scored six goals and provided eight assists. Further, he averages 1.4 key passes per game and has created ten big chances.

The Brazilian is astoundingly just two goals away from becoming Real Madrid’s joint fourth top-scorer in UEFA Champions League history. Considering the club’s historic success in the competition, that statistic speaks a lot.

It remains to be seen if Ancelotti decides to rest the youngster against Real Sociedad, considering the lesion he is nursing on his knee. After all, the games that follow will be season-determining.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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