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Two Real Madrid stars at risk of missing Barcelona clash due to suspension

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Before Real Madrid take on FC Barcelona in La Liga later this month, they have a key contest coming up against another Catalan outfit in the form of Espanyol.

The two sides are set to lock horns tomorrow at Santiago Bernabeu, in what could be a must-win encounter for the home side. The hosts are indeed trailing league leaders Barça by a whopping nine points and must secure a victory if they are to remain in the race.

However, heading into the game, a couple of Real Madrid players must proceed with caution as they are running the risk of missing the Barcelona game due to a yellow card suspension.

The two players in question are Eduardo Camavinga and Nacho Fernandez. Both players have picked up four yellow cards this season and will miss the next league game if they pick up another one tomorrow.

While Nacho has played a bit-part role in the Real Madrid first-team this season, which in turn, has led to speculations over his future, the potential absence of Camavinga could be a major blow for Los Blancos.

This is because the young midfielder has played a critical role in midfield in recent months. His performances in midfield have been commendable while his versatility has allowed Carlo Ancelotti to deploy him as a left-back, during the absence of David Alaba and Ferland Mendy.

While both the players are nearing their return to full fitness, one would expect Camavinga to once again be in contention to start at left-back against Barcelona, especially if the two do not recover in time.

Camavinga, therefore, must proceed with caution as Real Madrid take on Espanyol. It will not come as a surprise to see the youngster being barred from playing the ninety minutes and replaced halfway by someone like Nacho.

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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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