According to journalist Edu Aguirre, key Real Madrid duo Vinicius Jr. and Antonio Rudiger are almost certain to play against Girona when they host the title challengers on Saturday, February 10.
On the other hand, though, veteran defender Nacho is practically out of the fixture since he did not train with the team yesterday, having worked indoors on personal fitness.
What happened to Vinicius and Rudiger?
Vinicius Junior faced uncertainty initially due to a physical issue encountered during the warm-up session before the Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid derby clash.
The Brazil international, although named on the bench, remained an unused substitute as the match ended 1-1.
Following this setback, the Brazilian forward underwent gym training as the team resumed their preparations, focusing on the upcoming crucial match against Girona, where the leadership of La Liga is on the line.
On Wednesday, Vinicius engaged in training sessions within the facilities of the Valdebebas Sports City alongside Nacho. Meanwhile, Rudiger, another player affected by physical concerns, conducted individual training.
Rudiger had been dealing with discomfort since the match against Getafe, stemming from a collision with Mason Greenwood.
Considering the challenges in the central position at hand, there was speculation that Ancelotti might have to resort to a makeshift centre-back pairing.
In the previous match against Atletico Madrid, Ancelotti resorted to an emergency solution, deploying Dani Carvajal alongside Nacho in the centre due to unforeseen circumstances.
Nacho misses, but will return for Champions League tie
As for Nacho, he is unlikely to feature against Girona, as the club, while not completely ruling him out, holds a slim hope that intensive physiotherapy over the next two days might lead to a miraculous recovery.
However, such an outcome would indeed be a miracle. The severity of his injury surpasses initial estimations; although there is no fracture, there exists a significant strain necessitating a few days of rest. Madrid is keen on avoiding unnecessary risks hence the decision to exercise caution and rest him for the Girona match.
The focus is on ensuring Nacho’s availability for the Tuesday clash against RB Leipzig. The club deems this match of undeniable importance, prioritizing it over the Girona fixture.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.