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Real Madrid midfielder expected to return for Real Madrid vs Man City second leg

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Carlo Ancelotti has largely trusted Dani Ceballos as the first-line replacement for Luka Modric this season. Over the months, the Spaniard has enjoyed a resurgence under the Italian and a new contract at the club is suddenly no longer a distant possibility.

When the team’s Croatian ace was injured in the clash against Girona, however, the alarm bells in Madrid rang. Modric was expected to be out for the first leg against Manchester City, and Carlo Ancelotti doused the flames by maintaining that Ceballos could fill in for the missing veteran.

Ironically, the Spaniard suffered an unfortunate injury last week and missed the clash against Pep Guardiola’s side while Modric recovered and even started.

According to reports from Javier Herraez (h/t Madrid Xtra), Ceballos could return in time for Real Madrid’s second leg against Manchester City scheduled for next week. He is, however, certainly ruled out of the team’s weekend fixture.

Los Blancos only managed a 1-1 draw to the Premier League champions on Tuesday and have everything to play for when they lock horns again next Wednesday. However, it will be a tricky clash at the Etihad.

In view of the high-voltage fixture anticipated next week, Ancelotti has decided to completely rotate his starting level for the weekend fixture against Getafe. Ceballos would have been one of the first names on the team sheet in such a scenario but will, unfortunately, miss the clash.

The chances of Ceballos starting next Wednesday are near zero, but one cannot rule out an appearance off the bench if he is available. After all, every small cameo can have a special storyline in a competition like the UEFA Champions League.

In 25 La Liga appearances for Los Blancos this season, Ceballos has provided three assists and created one big chance. Further, he averages one key pass and close to seven defensive actions per ninety minutes.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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