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Rival watch: Atletico Madrid midfielder ruled out of the derby against Real Madrid

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After their setback in the Supercopa Espana final against Barcelona, Real Madrid have roared back well, with two back-to-back victories over Villarreal and Athletic Club.

However, the reigning Spanish champions are set to face a stern test on Thursday as they take on Atletico Madrid in the Copa Del Rey quarterfinals. It is an acid test for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who have not done well in the prestigious cup competition in recent years.

But heading into this encounter, Real Madrid have been handed a major boost as Atletico Madrid’s star player Marcos Llorente has been ruled out of the tie, reports Jose Luis Guerrero.

Llorente had emerged as one of Diego Simeone’s most trusted players after the end of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as he started all of the last four league matches. His services in the wide midfield positions proved to be quite influential from Atleti’s perspective.

But during the game against Villarreal in Copa Del Rey, Llorente had to be subbed off just ten minutes into the second half. It has now been revealed that the midfielder has picked up a small adductor tear that may keep him out for a few weeks.

This could serve as a major boost for Real Madrid, who are looking to enter the semi-final of the Copa Del Rey by beating their cross-town rivals this midweek.

As for Atletico, they are in for a blow as Llorente will not only miss the game against Los Blancos, but also the upcoming La Liga contests against CA Osasuna and Getafe. He may even miss out on the game against Celta Vigo, if the Spaniard does not recover on time.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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