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.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo