Real Madrid’s Key Defender Absent from Training Before Madrid Derby, Ancelotti Picks Replacement

Real Madrid look set to be without Antonio Rudiger for Sunday’s showdown clash with Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. The German defender, who has been a mainstay this season, injured his thigh during the victory over Getafe on Thursday, and so far, he has failed to recover.

Rudiger Fails to Recover for Atletico Showdown

As per Marca, Rudiger did not train with his teammates on Saturday morning, with Diario AS reporting that he is still in considerable pain from the collision with Mason Greenwood. If he were to play against Atleti, he would not be at 100%, meaning that his performance would be limited.

Ancelotti Plans to Replace Rudiger with Carvajal

Right now, the likelihood is that Rudiger misses the match. Carlo Ancelotti is aware of this, and as per The Athletic, he has selected his replacement: Dani Carvajal. Barring a miraculous recovery from Rudiger, the 32-year-old will line up in central defence alongside Nacho Fernandez.

Back-Up Plan for Real Madrid

Eduardo Camavinga and Ferland Mendy have been identified as the back-up replacements to Carvajal, although Real Madrid will be hoping that it doesn’t come to that. There’s definitely no doubt that Rudiger’s absence, should that transpire, would be a big blow.

Ahmed Asmar

Hello, I'm Ahmed Al-Asmar, a sports writer specializing in sports news. Over the years, I have dedicated myself to studying and following various sports, gaining valuable expertise in analyzing and presenting sporting events to readers in a clear and engaging manner.
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