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Real Madrid receive injury boost ahead of Espanyol clash

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After two wins in two games in their 2022/23 La Liga campaign, Real Madrid will come up against RCD Espanyol in their next encounter on Sunday night.

And, ahead of the game, Los Blancos have been handed a fresh injury boost as forward Rodrygo Goes has returned to training with the group.

This comes from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, who also claims that Toni Kroos is still recovering from his flu while Alvaro Odriozola is currently training by himself indoors.

Rodrygo’s return, though, should come as a boost for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. The Brazilian has missed both games for Real Madrid this season, due to muscular discomfort.

It has deprived manager Ancelotti of options in the attacking third, as he has had to continue with Federico Valverde on the right flank, with Eden Hazard the only other viable substitute as Marco Asensio’s future continues to hang in the balance.

Rodrygo enjoyed a fruitful campaign last season, finishing with nine goals and ten assists from 49 matches across all competitions. The 21-year-old was largely used off the bench by Ancelotti but proved his worth by scoring vital goals throughout the campaign.

The Brazilian seems ready for a bigger role in the ongoing campaign and with the manager insisting that he plans to rotate his squad more regularly, Rodrygo should stand a chance o starting more matches than he has done in the past.

With him returning to group training, there is a very good chance that the former Santos prodigy will be available to feature against Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium on Sunday.

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Real Madrid defender’s camp asked the club to sign a backup in his position – report

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The lack of options in the full-back positions at Real Madrid has become a subject of intense debate.

Real Madrid went into the season with Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez as their right-back options while Ferland Mendy was the only left-back at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal, as David Alaba made it clear that he wished to play as a central defender.

The shortage of quality depth has come to haunt Real Madrid in recent times as both Vazquez and Carvajal have spent time on the sidelines while Mendy has also fallen to an injury recently.

With Alaba also struggling for fitness, Ancelotti has been forced to use Eduardo Camavinga at left-back in the last two matches.

Amidst this, Guillermo Rai of The Athletic is reporting that Mendy has been asked to play in games even when he has not been at 100% fitness on occasions this season by Real Madrid.

Hence, the Frenchman’s entourage had asked the Merengues to sign a backup left-back so that they can rotate more freely and give the defender rest when he is not at 100%.

However, their request was not heeded by the reigning Spanish and European champions, leaving Mendy as the lone left-back in the squad.

But that has changed recently as Real Madrid are understood to have triggered €5 million buyback option on Rayo Vallecano’s Fran Garcia, who will return to the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

For now, however, Ancelotti will have to cope with just Mendy as his frontline left-back, although Camavinga’s recent performances have shown that he can be relied on in times of emergency.

Nacho, too, is an option, although the Real Madrid cantera has been filling in at right-back in recent weeks and could be needed at centre-back following Eder Militao’s injury against Valencia on Thursday night.

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