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Real Madrid trio set to miss La Liga clash against Villarreal – report

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According to journalist Sergio Quirante, veteran defender Dani Carvajal trained alone ahead of Real Madrid’s away game against Villarreal, meaning that he is most likely to miss the second encounter of the new year.

This means that the usual suspect, Lucas Vazquez, will keep his place at the right-back. On top of that, 29-year-old forward Mariano Diaz and 27-year-old right-back Alvaro Odriozola are also set to miss out on the contest.

While Diaz is still recovering from an ankle injury, Odriozola was forced off after being injured against Cacereno. Meanwhile, Carvajal is dealing with overload in his soleus muscle.

The veteran Spaniard did some work in the gym and trained by himself on the pitch earlier today where as both Mariano and Odriozola were both limited to sessions in the indoor facilities.

Carvajal, Mariano and Odriozola are the only casualties Real Madrid have for the Villarreal game as of today. On the other hand, those who missed out against Cacereno trained normally and is expected to return to the side against Villarreal.

The likes of Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos, Vinicius Jr, Ferland Mendy, and David Alaba who were all rested for the trip to Cacereno, should also make a comeback into the squad for the visit to Villarreal this weekend.

Real Madrid are currently second in the La Liga table, level on points with Barcelona but behind on goal difference. With the Catalans facing Atletico Madrid on Sunday, Carlo Ancelotti’s men have an excellent chance to move atop the standings with a win.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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