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Real Madrid veteran defender an injury doubt for Villarreal clash



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Real Madrid are expected to be without the services of veteran right-back Dani Carvajal against Villarreal as the 30-year-old did not train on Wednesday with the rest of the squad, reports AS.

Real Madrid will take a trip to Estadio de la Ceramica on Saturday to face Villarreal and Carlo Ancelotti is expected to have most of his players available for selection after the Italian deliberately decided to rest several first-team members against Cacereno in Copa del Rey.

For Carvajal, the right-back was forced to miss the cup tie through injury and while Ancelotti was optimistic about his return for Saturday’s fixture, it seems the Spaniard is certain to miss out for the second time this year as he did not train with the team during their recovery work.

Madrid began training for the upcoming league game as soon as the squad returned from the 1-0 win over Cacereno. On Wednesday, the training regime was divided into different group sessions. 

The recovery work was performed by the players who were a part of the travelling squad while more intense work was done by those who played little or did not participate altogether.

In that context, the likes of David Alaba, Ferland Mendy, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior trained in the latter category in an afternoon session.

One positive thing that came out of it was the return of Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian stopper, who missed the mid-week action through muscular discomfort, trained normally along with the other keepers, meaning that he is likely to return to the first team on Saturday.

On the other hand, Carvajal was out of the group and together with Mariano Diaz, who is recovering from an ankle sprain, exercised inside the facility.

For now, AS reports that despite the evident difficulties, Ancelloti might as well test the right-back with the group in the next training sessions ahead of the Villarreal game.

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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Elche



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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.

Madrid XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Tchouameni, Kroos; Asensio, Rodrygo, Vinicius; Benzema

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