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Real Madrid mainstay back in training with national team in time for Euro knockouts

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The knockout stages of the UEFA Euro 2024 will kick off this Saturday, with a plethora of Real Madrid players still alive in the tournament.

Hosts Germany will lock horns with Denmark in their UEFA Euro 2024 Round of 16 clash on Sunday night in Dortmund.

Leading up to the clash, Julian Nagelsmann & co. have been handed a fresh injury boost as a key player returned to full training.

Antonio Rudiger trains again

Indeed, as reported by Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger has returned to full training today, providing Germany a much-needed boost.

Rudiger, 31, suffered a muscle strain during Die Mannschaft’s final group-stage encounter against Switzerland which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Since getting injured, the former Chelsea man had been mostly doing individual work inside the training facilities while focusing on his recovery.

Rudiger suffered an injury during Germany vs Switzerland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Providing an update on the Real Madrid star yesterday, Germany’s Director of Football, Rudi Voller said: “Today he had a short running session in the morning. Now we have to wait day by day.”

Now, having seemingly recovered, Rudiger joined the rest of the Germany squad during today’s training session.

Indeed, the veteran centre-half was spotted being put through the paces along with his teammates during the 15-minute open training session while he continued to work with the rest of the group after that as well.

Rudiger’s return to training bodes well for Germany as they are already without one of their starting defenders, Jonathan Tah, for the Denmark clash due to suspension.

It is expected that Nico Schlotterbeck of Borussia Dortmund will take Tah’s place in the team and partner Rudiger, provided the Real Madrid ace is deemed fully fit enough to start.

If the 31-year-old is not cleared, Nagelsmann is expected to turn to Waldemar Anton of VfB Stuttgart.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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