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Real Madrid will not rush key star back from injury, happy with backup player’s performance

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Real Madrid have welcomed some good news on the injury front this week as both Aurelien Tchouameni and Arda Guler are close to returning from their spell on the sidelines.

Indeed, the pair has resumed training and there is a possibility one or both could be back this week against Villarreal.

More good news

In more positive news, Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal is also making very good progress in his recovery and could be back before the end of the year.

The 31-year-old suffered a calf injury during the match against Granada earlier this month and it was expected that he would not be ready to play again in 2023.

But, with his recovery going well, there is an expectation that Carvajal could return in time for the match against Alaves later this month.

In fact, MARCA is now reporting that such has been the defender’s progress that he could be in contention to make it to the squad list as early as this week for the game against Villarreal on Sunday night.

Carvajal did some light training on the pitch individually today, but the signs are very encouraging as far as Los Blancos are concerned.

Carvajal won’t be rushed

Real Madrid happy with Lucas Vazquez. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

However, the report adds that Real Madrid do not plan on rushing Carvajal back into action, thanks to the form displayed by backup defender Lucas Vazquez.

The 32-year-old veteran has filled in for his compatriot in the last two games as well as the second half vs Granada and has done a fairly solid job.

As such, Los Blancos are happy with Vazquez’s contributions and see no need to rush Carvajal back.

So, it will be interesting to see if Carlo Ancelotti opts to bring his first-choice right-back into the roster before the end of 2023, or waits until the new year.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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