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Real Madrid midfielder keen to play against Valladolid, does not wish to be rested

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Real Madrid face take on Real Valladolid at Jose Zorilla later tonight in an encounter that will lay the foundation for the defending champions’ second half of the season.

For the game against La Pucela, Carlo Ancelotti has a fully fit squad including all the thirteen players who were called up for International duty last month. The list also has the names of Luka Modric and Aurelien Tchouameni despite the duo playing a key role in their nations’ deep run in the World Cup a few weeks ago.

Both players returned to training only yesterday, but are raring to step on the field again for Real Madrid.

In fact, according to reports from MARCA (h/t Madrid Xtra), Modric has told Ancelotti that he wants to play at Jose Zorilla and refuses to rest. At 37 years of age, his desire to play a part in his team’s every minute on the field is not only inspiring but flabbergasting.

In the buildup to the clash against Valladolid, the Real Madrid manager clearly said that he would prefer to rest the veteran and give the minutes to a player who has been training more regularly, saying:

“Modric, Tchouameni and Camavinga trained individually today but are fine and ready to play. Of course, I’ll give priority to the players who trained more in the past few days. We preferred to give them some rest after the final. But the truth is, they haven’t had much rest.”

Modric took the Croatian national team to the semifinals of the World Cup against all odds earlier this month. His team fell short to the eventual champions Argentina by three goals in the penultimate round, yet must feel nothing but pride in their achievements.

Modric won the Bronze medal with Croatia and was also the recipient of the Bronze Ball award, as he was named the third-best player of the tournament after Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.

Given the midfielder’s age, the manager could well opt to keep him on the bench throughout the ninety minutes despite his strong desire to step onto the pitch. After all, it would be wiser to allow his body to recuperate and avoid unnecessary injuries.

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros

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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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