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Real Madrid trio set for training return today, could be available for Valladolid clash

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As the restart of the La Liga season edges closer, Real Madrid are set to receive a fresh triple boost with regard to their squad today.

According to MARCA, the trio of Eder Militao, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes will rejoin training with Real Madrid later today and could make themselves available for the fixture against Real Valladolid on Friday.

Militao, Rodrygo and Vinicius were part of the Brazil national team squad that made it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, but were thwarted by Morocco in the tournament.

The Real Madrid trio were eliminated on December 9 and are now poised to rejoin training with the club after a 16-day vacation during which they have had time to put behind the disappointment of the World Cup and recharge their batteries.

It means, Ancelotti has almost recovered all his players following the World Cup, apart from the trio of Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Luka Modric who might not return in time to feature against Valladolid on Friday night.

However, as for the Brazilian trio, there is a good chance that they will be available for the match and two of them could even start at Estadio Jose Zorrilla, as per the report.

Militao might not be pushed to feature by Ancelotti, given that there are plenty of options available for him in the defensive department. However, the same cannot be said of the attacking unit.

At the moment, the manager only has Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio as the two forwards he counts on, with Mariano Diaz and Eden Hazard not a major part of his plans.

While Federico Valverde is also available, his services might be needed in midfield, increasing the possibility that either Vinicius or Rodrygo or both could be part of the starting XI for Real Madrid against Valladolid.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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