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Real Madrid star leaves Santiago Bernabeu with a bandage after Sevilla game – report
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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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Elche
The Santiago Bernabeu is ready for the first time in a fortnight as Real Madrid are set to host relegation-threatened Real Valladolid for gameweek 27 of La Liga. The gap between them and Barcelona was increased to 15 yesternight, and los blancos will be looking to cut it down to 12 to scarce the tiniest bit of hope of defending their league crown.
Carlo Ancelotti has opted to use a highly attacking starting lineup for the clash, with Karim Benzema spearheading the front-three. He is flanked by Marco Asensio on the right while Vinicius Jr retains his place on the left.
Rodrygo also gets the nod to start, probably as an attacking midfielder in what looks like a 4-2-3-1.
Aurelien Tchouameni has been given the nod in midfield, with Toni Kroos forming the double pivot alongside him.
With Antonio Rudiger, Ferland Mendy, and Nacho out injured, Eduardo Camavinga gets the license to start as the left-back, while Lucas Vazquez flanks the defence from the right. The usual suspects — Eder Militao and David Alaba — start in central defence.
Thibaut Courtois was a doubt heading into this game, but has been given the medical greenlight to take his place as the goalkeeper.
📋✅ Our squad for #RealMadridRealValladolid! pic.twitter.com/T9G5QY3P4D— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) April 2, 2023
Madrid XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Tchouameni, Kroos; Asensio, Rodrygo, Vinicius; Benzema