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Real Madrid forward will be available vs Sevilla despite ankle issue, defender a doubt

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After drawing 1-1 with Rayo Vallecano away from home, Real Madrid will soon be locking horns against Sevilla on Sunday.

The Merengues have been dealing with a number of injuries this season, despite their string of strong performances often overshadowing the fact that the team has been immensely depleted.

Now, The Athletic’s Mario Cortegana have provided an injury update on both Joselu and Antonio Rudiger, discussing the possibility of their inclusion against Sevilla.

Joselu expected to feature

Following a great performance against Rayo Vallecano in which Joselu took only 5 minutes to open the scoring, doubts about his participation vs Sevilla emerged after he trained inside the club facilities due to some discomfort in his right ankle.

However, as per the information, Joselu is expected to be available this weekend, despite his ankle problem.

The striker’s involvement will come across as good news for the team, with the team already in the absence of Jude Bellingham, who has been a constant source of goals.

Reports previously have also claimed that Real Madrid will activate its option to acquire Joselu permanently by just paying a fee of €1.5 million.

Rudiger remains a doubt

Rudiger remains a doubt for Sevilla clash. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

Much has been predicted about Rudiger’s inclusion against Sevilla, with reports recently arguing that Rudiger could make his comeback this weekend if his recovery goes according to plan.

Even so, although Rudiger hankers to return to team training by tomorrow or Friday, he remains a doubt for the match vs Sevilla.

With Dani Carvajal and Eduardo Camavinga suspended for the clash, this will be a tough blow for Real Madrid who continue to devise creative solutions to overcome the absences in defense.

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Real Madrid convinced with 21-year-old loanee’s performances, will count on him next season

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Real Madrid are eager to enhance their options in central defense after deciding to not sign any defenders in the recent January transfer window.

Several players are on the club’s radar, with Lille’s promising center-back Leny Yoro most notably high on the club’s wishlist.

However, the Merengues are not turning a blind eye to their homegrown academy gems, as Rafa Marin is making a strong case for himself to join the first team dynamics next summer.

Rafa Marin strengthens his case

The 21-year-old is presently on loan at Alaves and is showcasing solid performances in the heart of defense, with Real Madrid reported to count on him next season.

Now, AS have reported that the reason for the club’s trust in Marin is his upsurge in performances at Alaves. And if Nacho Fernandez leaves, Marin will serve as the fourth central defender in the squad.

A testament to his worth to Alaves is the fact that Marin has not been benched since mid-November, demonstrating his importance in coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s defense.

With 2,282 total minutes played, he ranks as the fourth-highest on the team with the most minutes.

Against Atletico Madrid recently, Rafa Marin enjoyed a stellar outing. In addition to making 15 recoveries and 9 interceptions, he took part in 24 defensive actions. Along with winning two ground and four air duels, he only committed one foul.

A stellar performance vs Atletico. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

An important summer for Marin

Not only is Rafa Marín returning to Real Madrid, but he is also going to represent Spain in the Olympics in Paris.

Marin was included in five of the six matches during the Euro Under-21 qualifiers because coach Santi Denia of Spain’s under-21 team greatly values his presence and height (1.91 meters).

Marin has a bright future ahead of him if all goes according to plan. His season with Alaves is sure to serve as a stepping stone for his integration into the Real Madrid first team.

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