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Real Madrid have a plan in place for the returns of injured superstars



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It has been recently learned that the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao are closing in on their return to action following their eight-month layoff through injury. 

The two have been rehabilitating and their respective dates of return are quite close. In fact, a few days ago we reported that Courtois, in particular, is expected to be back in full training by March 27.

The Merengues are also hoping to get good news from Militao’s camp, especially after his minor relapse.

What is Real Madrid’s plan with the two?

It’s a hard truth that nothing related to ACL injury is certain and Real Madrid have learned this lesson the hard way. While they have had several injury troubles this season, they do have a plan for both Courtois and Militao’s return.

In this context, a report from Mundo Deportivo has affirmed that the Los Blancos are planning to let them rejoin the team after the international break. Now, it is to be noted that Courtois has been training almost as much as his teammates, but there is still time for him to improve.

Eder Militao and Thibaut Courtois are expected to be back next month. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Carlo Ancelotti mentioned this a few days back, saying that both the goalkeeper and the defender might be ready for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Fixtures coming thick and fast

The Champions League quarter-final will be a match of immense gravity, meaning that Ancelotti will want his team to be in the best possible shape.

But everything will be known once the players return from the international break, commencing on March 16 and concluding on the 31st.

Ancelotti, having an unparalleled knowledge of his players’ conditions, aims to devise an optimal plan for these individuals to accumulate playing time. 

This strategic approach becomes particularly crucial as the team advances to the decisive stages of the Champions League, provided they qualify. 

For that, the manager is keen on integrating the services of both Courtois and Militao as he sees them as someone who can categorically enhance the team’s current performance, which has seen a dip in recent times.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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