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Real Madrid midfielder’s injury not as serious as expected, eyeing return for Girona clash

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Journalist Sergio Santos has issued a fresh update on the injury condition of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos and it is positive news for the fans.

Ceballos picked up a hamstring injury earlier this week, which led to him missing the UEFA Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

It was initially reported that the Spanish midfielder is unlikely to return to action before the FIFA World Cup next month, as there were fears that the injury was a serious one.

However, after tests and MRI scans were conducted earlier today, there is a sense of optimism that Ceballos’ injury is not as worse as initially feared.

As per the report, Real Madrid were worried that there might have been damage to his tendon after scans were carried out yesterday.

But today’s scans have revealed that the former Real Betis midfielder has not sustained any damage to his tendon, meaning that his recovery time will be shorter than initially expected.

So much so that, there is hope that Ceballos could very well return to action before the World Cup kicks off next month. The reporter adds that the Real Madrid ace is eyeing to make a comeback in time for the game against Girona at the end of October.

This is certainly a boost for manager Carlo Ancelotti, given the busy fixture schedule lying ahead. Until the World Cup begins, Real Madrid are playing one match every three days and having Ceballos back towards the end of this run would help him rest and rotate veterans like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

Ceballos is not a regular starter at the Santiago Bernabeu but has done well whenever he has been called upon. The Spaniard has earned the confidence of the manager, although he is yet to be offered a new deal by Real Madrid, with his current contract expiring next year.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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