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Real Madrid right-back ruled out of Osasuna clash – report

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According to an update from journalist Carlos Rodriguez, Real Madrid will have to make do without the services of versatile star Lucas Vazquez for the upcoming game against CA Osasuna.

The 31-year-old Spaniard has been sidelined for two weeks after he picked up an injury during the La Liga encounter against RCD Mallorca. He had to be withdrawn after 70 minutes in that match, following which he missed the games against RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid.

Vazquez, along with captain Karim Benzema, had been putting in the work at Real Madrid’s indoor training facilities over the international break in order to recover in time for the game against Osasuna on Sunday.

And while the superstar striker has recovered and is ready to go, the same cannot be said about the winger turned right-back. Benzema participated in normal training on Wednesday before declaring that he was fit and ready for the weekend.

However, Vazquez is yet to train with the team outside and is now categorically ruled out of the contest against Osasuna.

The 31-year-old Spaniard will be Real Madrid’s second notable absentee for the clash after it was reported last night that Luka Modric had picked up a minor injury during the international break and will be sidelined for around ten days.

Vazquez’s absence is unlikely to be perceived as a big blow by Carlo Ancelotti as he has his first-choice right-back, Dani Carvajal, fully fit and available. In addition, there is plenty of cover in the form of Nacho Fernandez, Vinicius Tobias and Alvaro Odriozola.

On top of that Eder Militao can also fill in at right-back while Ancelotti also deployed Antonio Rudiger in the position early in the new season.

Real Madrid are currently at the top of the La Liga standings, having won each of their six matches in the competition so far. They will be intent on continuing that run when they face Osasuna on Sunday.

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Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano

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Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.

The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.

The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.

As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.

But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.

Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.

The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.

So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.

All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.

Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.

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