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Real Madrid star leaves Santiago Bernabeu with a bandage after Sevilla game – report

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After a grueling 90 minutes against Sevilla, Real Madrid secured a 3-1 victory, with Federico Valverde being one of the biggest difference-makers. The Uruguayan dominated the right wing throughout the game and contributed handsomely to the team’s attacks, earning accolades for his performance.

The game was not all roses for the Uruguayan, however, as he hobbled off limping at full-time after a rough challenge in the final minute. A lot has been speculated about the extent of his injury but no official statement has been released by the club yet.

According to reports from Jose Luis Sanchez, Valverde left Santiago Bernabeu with a bandage around his leg. Tests will be conducted today to ascertain the extent of the injury and project the recovery period.

Speaking after the game, Carlo Ancelotti hinted that the midfielder may not be available for the next game which would be a big blow for the team.

“Valverde has a bruise. It hurts a little, we have to see the tests, I am not sure if he will be ready for the match against Leipzig,” he said.

The 24-year-old was one of Real Madrid’s best players against Sevilla and even got a goal to his name. He found the back of the net in a spectacular long-range attempt from the right side of the goal by firing an unstoppable bullet of a shot.

In addition to his goal, Valverde also recorded a whopping four key passes, five defensive actions, and one long ball on the night. With the goal yesterday, he takes his La Liga tally this season to six goals and one assist while also contributing to two goals in the UEFA Champions League.

Given the form that Valverde has been in, Real Madrid will be hoping that the situation is nothing serious and that the Uruguayan can return to action at the earliest possible.

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Camavinga, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could line up against Barcelona

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Real Madrid will be aiming to get a step closer to lifting the La Liga title when they face off against FC Barcelona later tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid are currently seated atop the league table, eight points clear of Barça in second place. And another win tonight would stretch the lead to 11 points, all but guaranteeing their coronation as Spanish champions.

It will not be easy with Barcelona motivated after their defeat against PSG in the UEFA Champions League while fatigue could also be a factor after Los Blancos toiled it out for 120 minutes against Man City earlier this week.

Heading into the game, Real Madrid have one fitness concern as Ferland Mendy did not train on Saturday due to some overload in his left leg, although he was included in the squad list by Carlo Ancelotti.

Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba are the only injury-enforced absentees for the league leaders and here’s how Real Madrid could line up tonight against Xavi Hernandez’s side.

Starters

Fresh off his penalty shootout heroics against Manchester City, Andriy Lunin will guard Real Madrid’s goal again and hope to help his team to another crucial victory.

Antonio Rudiger has been in brilliant form this season and is a guaranteed starter at the heart of the Merengues’ defence. The German international should pair up with club captain Nacho Fernandez to stop Robert Lewandowski & co.

Even though there has been some chatter about Lucas Vazquez starting at right-back, Dani Carvajal is expected to get the nod as usual.

Mendy’s possible absence, however, could pave the way for Eduardo Camavinga to start at left-back for Real Madrid, with Ancelotti likely to trust the French midfielder in a makeshift role over Fran Garcia.

Camavinga could fill in at left-back. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni is back after missing the Manchester City game through suspension and will slot in as the defensive midfielder against Barcelona.

Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos will take up the two interior midfield positions for Real Madrid while Jude Bellingham will operate as the lone attacking midfielder.

However, it will not be a surprise to see Real Madrid transition into a 4-4-2 with Valverde and Bellingham moving out wide on the right and left flanks, respectively.

Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr. are the undisputed starters up top in attack, with the former likely to operate from the left after his recent success while the latter will play slightly more centrally.

Real Madrid Predicted Lineup: Lunin, Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, Kroos, Bellingham, Vinicius, Rodrygo.

Substitutes

Brahim Diaz and Luka Modric are players that Carlo Ancelotti counts on from the bench for every game and that will not change tonight against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Joselu is also an option that Ancelotti could turn to if he wished to change things up in the attacking unit.

Eder Militao could also get some minutes, depending on the game situation, as Ancelotti hopes to get the Brazilian into match-rhythm in time to face Bayern Munich.

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