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Real Madrid midfielder out of Copa del Rey final due to thigh discomfort, tests tomorrow

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As Real Madrid get set to take on CA Osasuna in the finals of the Copa del Rey, they have been dealt with a fresh injury blow. Dani Ceballos has been ruled out of the match at Estadio de La Cartuja due to discomfort in his right thigh.

This claim comes from Miguel Angel Diaz of COPE, who reports that the 26-year-old Real Madrid midfielder will undergo tests tomorrow to determine the extent of his injury.

This development comes as a blow for Real Madrid as Ceballos’ availability would have also come in handy for tonight’s final, especially considering that Luka Modric has only recently returned from injury and is not starting against Osasuna.

With the crucial UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against Manchester City coming up three days later, it remains to be seen if Ceballos is able to make himself available for that contest.

Ceballos has grown into an important squad player for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid, making vital contributions, especially in the second half of the season.

The Spanish international has played in 40 games across all competitions for the Merengues, notching up one goal and eight assists.

With important fixtures coming up, Ancelotti & co. will be hoping that Ceballos’ injury is not serious and that he is able to make a swift return to action.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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