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Real Madrid midfielder called up for international duty despite injury scare against Valencia

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Real Madrid had a memorable outing at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night as they humbled Valencia 5-1 with goals coming from Dani Carvajal, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo.

While the match was indeed flawless, Madrid were dealt with an injury scare as a certain Federico Valverde suffered a clash with Valencia keeper Giorgi Mamardashvili before being subbed off at the hour’s mark, with Luka Modric coming on the field.

Valverde called up for international duty

For Valverde, the initial medical assessments have dismissed the possibility of a significant injury that might have hindered his ability to travel to Uruguay for international duty, reports SPORT.

Following Marcelo Bielsa’s decision to include Valverde in the Uruguay squad, the player is now set to join his national team for the upcoming two World Cup qualifying matches.

It’s worth mentioning that Uruguay are currently second in their Confederation group and are scheduled to face Argentina, the group leader, on November 17.

Federico Valverde has been called up for international duty despite recent injury problem. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

The second match is slated for November 22 in Uruguay against Bolivia, who are positioned at the bottom of the group.

What really happened to Valverde?

Valverde sustained a blow to his lower back and managed to hold on as long as he could. The discomfort visibly impeded his normal running, evident in a noticeable limp.

At present, Madrid are cautiously optimistic, awaiting further medical assessments with the hope that the injury won’t escalate. 

On the other hand, it is important to note that the extent of his playing time hinges on the alleviation of discomfort, raising concerns for Madrid if Valverde pushes himself unnecessarily.

It is no secret that Valverde is an asset for Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti. It could be understood by the fact that last week, he inked a contract extension with Real Madrid, binding him until 2029.

This not only brings financial benefits but also includes a protective €1 billion release clause.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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