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Real Madrid team news for Copa del Rey clash: Midfield duo not training with group, Camavinga back



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Real Madrid have been a cut above their rivals in both La Liga and the Champions League. The bucketload of injuries has been masterfully mitigated by the coaching staff and as the second half of the season commences, the club aims to build on its foundations.

After picking up three points against Mallorca, all eyes are now on the Copa del Rey, a competition in which Madrid found great success last season.

The Merengues will be looking to emulate their accomplishments with Arandina CF their first opponent in the Round of 32.

However, Real Madrid may march on with some important figures of the squad missing from their ranks.

Real Madrid starters excluded from training

According to Melchor Ruiz Toni Kroos and Aurilien Tchouameni are not training ahead of tomorrow’s game against Arandina.

The pair do not appear to be carrying any physical problems but are simply being given rest in light of the increasingly worrying injury plague this season.

With the Copa del Rey still in its early rounds and the opponent at hand significantly inferior, the club are taking precautionary measures with the two midfield maestros.

After all, a hectic schedule awaits, especially with the Spanish Super Cup coming up in Riyadh.

Among the absentees are Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, and David Alaba, who all are recovering from their injury setbacks.

Even so, Ferland Mendy and Eduardo Camavinga participated in the training sessions, which may be indicative of their presence tomorrow.

Youngsters training with the team

Indeed, academy players Peter, Carrillo, and Nico Paz are all training with the first team.

The upcoming encounter could be utilized as a good opportunity for the youth players to acquire some minutes and get a taste of senior football.

Carrillo, a 21-year-old center half, has been a regular for Raul Gonzalez’s Castilla team and has shown promise.

Similarly, the 21-year-old winger, Peter, came up through the academy and already has three first-team outings under his belt.

Finally, Nico Paz has been regarded of the most highly-regarded young prospects at the club and even opened his goalscoring account with a stunner against Napoli in the Champions League.

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‘Not good’ – National team coach insists Real Madrid veteran should play every game



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Croatia have announced their final squad for the upcoming European Championship in Germany this summer.

There were no surprises, with Real Madrid veteran Luka Modric making the list. The midfielder is all set to play yet another important international tournament with Croatia, with the aim of winning his first silverware for the nation.

At the age of 38, though, one would expect Croatia to dilute the role of Modric, in order to make way for other players in the team.

Zlatko Dalic on Luka Modric

But contrary to the expectations, it appears Croatia plan on once again utilising the full potential of Modric in Euro 2024, knowing his experience and leadership could be key in the team’s success.

When asked about Modric’s inclusion in the national team, Croatian manager Zlatko Dalic confirmed that he will try to deploy the midfielder ‘in every match’, unlike what the scenario is at Real Madrid this season.

The leader of Croatia (Photo by DENIS LOVROVIC/AFP via Getty Images)

“It is not good for Luka to be dosed, he has to be on the field every game, then he is even better. He played a little less games this season, but we expect him to be our leader,” Dalic told the media (h/t Zadarski).

With a staggering 174 caps, Modric is by far the most experienced player in the Croatian team right now.

Even though Croatia has not won any major tournaments, Modric has a strong track record with the national team, notably leading Hrvatska to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final, only to lose to France.

Croatia, though, were only able to reach the Round of 16 in the last two editions of the European Championship. The last time Croatia were able to go beyond the Round of 16 stage was in 2008. Interestingly, a then 22-year-old Modric was a part of the team.

This time around, Croatia will be taking on a tricky group, with Spain, Italy and Albania as their opponents. Securing a knockout place, therefore, could be challenging, but it’s a challenge Modric and co will embrace with open arms.

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