Real Madrid will lock horns with one of the most in-form sides in Spain on Sunday when they play hosts to Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Heading into the game, Los Blancos have been handed a major fitness boost as Dani Carvajal is back in full training with the team, according to Guillermo Rai of The Athletic.
The veteran right-back has not played a single game for Real Madrid since the Spanish Super Cup final defeat to Barcelona in Saudi Arabia.
The Spaniard had been dealing with muscular discomfort and as a result, missed matches against Villarreal, Athletic Club, and Atletico Madrid.
While he was said to be a doubt for the Sociedad encounter as well, Carvajal has rejoined team training which could be a positive sign regarding his involvement in tomorrow’s match at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Along with Carvajal, Rodrygo Goes is also training normally with the team, after doubts had emerged over his availability due to a knock he picked up in the derby against Atletico Madrid earlier this week.
While the duo’s availability will be a boost, Real Madrid will have to make do without David Alaba, Aurelien Tchouameni, Lucas Vazquez and Ferland Mendy, all of whom missed the team training session and were doing individual work indoors.
Given the absence of both Alaba and Mendy, Real Madrid have no natural left-back at their disposal for the game.
Castilla youngster Rafa Obrador has been called up to training as a possible contingency, although Carlo Ancelotti is likely to go with either Nacho or Eduardo Camavinga as his starter.
PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025
As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.
All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.
And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.
Hakimi could return to Real Madrid
Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.
Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.
However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.
And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.
The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.
Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.
As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.