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Real Madrid superstar a doubt for Sevilla clash after suffering nasty cut vs Rayo Vallecano

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After back-to-back defeats, Real Madrid returned to winning ways last night when they beat Rayo Vallecano 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu, courtesy of goals from Karim Benzema and Rodrygo Goes.

However, the Merengues were left with concern during the game as captain and goalscorer Benzema appeared to be playing with a limp for the entirety of the match.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed after the game that the 35-year-old had suffered a cut on his foot very early in the game, which caused the limp.

“He got a cut on his foot in the first half and it was bothering him. We assessed him at half-time and decided he could carry on. It affected him a bit but it wasn’t too bad and he played the full 90 minutes,” he said.

Now, MARCA is reporting that the gash on Benzema’s foot has made him a doubt for the match against Sevilla later this weekend.

The 35-year-old superstar’s agent posted a picture of the cut that he suffered as a result of the stomp he suffered ten minutes into the game against Rayo Vallecano. It appeared quite nasty and the Real Madrid captain needed five stitches to close up the wound.

As such, it has now cast aspersions over his involvement against Sevilla, but Benzema is understood to be keen on playing the match.

With five goals separating him from Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski, the Pichichi Trophy race seems lost. However, the veteran centre-forward wants to end the campaign on a high and wants to play against Sevilla.

Along with Benzema, another key Real Madrid star, Vinicius Jr, is also a doubt to face Sevilla due to knee discomfort.

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Real Madrid still waiting to see the best version of 24-year-old midfielder

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Midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has been at Real Madrid since 2023 but the Frenchman still hasn’t convinced the club’s hierarchy entirely, reports MARCA.

At just 24 years old, Tchouameni was signed for a staggering €80 million, a fee that could rise to €100 million with additional bonuses. This substantial investment reflects the high hopes that Real Madrid had for him, but so far, he has not lived up to those expectations.

Upon his arrival, the young midfielder’s potential sparked a fierce bidding war two seasons ago, with several top clubs vying for his signature. 

Ultimately, Tchouameni chose Real Madrid, but not before the club shelled out a considerable amount of money to secure his services.

A valiant effort to replace Casemiro

Initially, Tchouameni was brought in as a replacement for the legendary Casemiro. However, he has struggled to fill those big shoes and his performances have been inconsistent, with moments of brilliance interspersed with matches where he fails to make a significant impact. 

While he possesses excellent technical skills, his creativity and ability to influence the game are often questioned. As a result, he has yet to win over the Real Madrid fans.

One of Tchouameni’s strengths is his age. At 24, he still has plenty of room to grow and improve. He understands the high standards that Real Madrid demand from the players and is committed to reaching that level. 

Real Madrid still have hope

Aurelien Tchouameni hasn’t convinced the Real Madrid board entirely. (Photo by Rafa Babot/Getty Images)

The club hopes that he will continue to develop and eventually become a leader in the midfield, especially in the absence of veterans like Toni Kroos. 

However, for this to happen, Tchouameni needs to step up and take charge on the field, asserting himself as a player his teammates can rely on.

Tchouameni’s reserved playing style has even caused coach Carlo Ancelotti to doubt whether he is the right fit for the midfield. As a result, the Italian has considered shifting him to a centre-back position due to his aerial ability and strong positioning. 

When called upon to fill in for injured players like David Alaba and Eder Militao, Tchouameni has performed admirably. In fact, Ancelotti once also chose him over Nacho.

Injuries have not helped his case

It must be noted that injuries have plagued Tchouameni’s time at Real Madrid, causing him to miss 20% of the matches since joining the team. 

Additionally, Ancelotti has kept him on the bench for another 20% of the games over the past two seasons. This means that Tchouameni has been a starter in only 55% of the matches under Ancelotti’s management. 

His absences have gone largely unnoticed, as he missed four of the six Champions League group matches and the final, having little impact on the team’s overall performance.

In summary, Tchouameni remains a work in progress at Real Madrid. His potential is undeniable, but he has yet to fully realize it on the field. 

With time on his side and a clear understanding of what is expected of him, the hope is that he will eventually rise to the challenge and become a key player for the team. Until then, Tchouameni’s journey at Real Madrid continues to be one of promise and uncertainty.

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