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Real Madrid mainstay could return from ACL injury by March



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Real Madrid have been tormented by injuries all season. Right from Thibaut Courtois’ ACL injury before the start of the campaign to Aurelien Tchouameni’s foot fracture last week, the Merengues have been unable to catch a break with fitness issues.

One key star ruled out for the long term is Eder Militao. Like the Belgian shot-stopper, the Brazilian defender suffered an ACL injury in the very first game of the season and was said to be ruled out for the entirety of the campaign.

A pleasant surprise

According to reports from Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA, there is more optimism than strikes the eye over Militao’s situation. While the prognosis was indeed poor, there is optimism over his return this season.

The Spanish journalist relays that in the best-case scenario, Militao could return to action as early as March.

It is suggested that the Brazilian international’s recovery is going quite well and a return ahead of schedule could be on the cards.

It would come as a much-needed reinforcement to Carlo Ancelotti’s defence where Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba, in particular, have been under severe pressure.

As relayed last month, Militao’s recovery is going ahead of schedule and much better than initially expected. He is hitting all deadlines set by the medical staff and is even close to starting a higher level of physiotherapy exercises.

Signing is no longer needed

Los Blancos were remotely considering the signing of Sporting’s Goncalo Inacio earlier this month as a replacement for Eder Militao.

Reports went on to state that Florentino Perez had even given the operation the green light to be carried out in January for a fee of €60 million.

However, soon enough, those rumours were dashed, and as things stand, there are no plans to sign anybody in January, especially with Militao now closing in on an early return.

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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5



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Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.

They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.

With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.

Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.

With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.

Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo

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