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Real Madrid’s head coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has provided an update on the injuries to two key players, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, following their La Liga match against Las Palmas.
David Alaba had to be substituted in the latter stages of the first half due to an abductor problem. This injury is expected to sideline the Austrian international, making him doubtful for their upcoming match against Girona.
Antonio Rudiger managed to complete the full 90 minutes of the game but picked up a knock during the match. Although Ancelotti believes Rudiger will be fine for the next game, there is some uncertainty surrounding his availability.
Real Madrid is already without Eder Militao, who is dealing with a long-term knee injury. However, they have received a boost with the return to fitness of Ferland Mendy, while Dani Carvajal made his return to the bench against Las Palmas after recovering from a muscular problem.
Ancelotti stated, “We have recovered Mendy and we are going to recover Carvajal for the next game. Rudiger is touched, it’s a blow, but we think it’s going to be fine for the next game. The Alaba thing is a problem with the abductor, and I don’t think he’ll be there on Saturday.”
Additionally, Thibaut Courtois is sidelined with a long-term knee injury, and summer signing Arda Guler is facing another spell out with a thigh problem.
Real Madrid secured a 2-0 victory over Las Palmas, with goals from Brahim Diaz and Joselu, rebounding from their 3-1 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby over the weekend.
Ancelotti expressed some concern about their performance in the latter stages of the match, stating, “I am worried about the end of the second half, that we have slowed down and we have not had good control of the game defending very low with little intensity.”
Despite these challenges, Real Madrid has performed well in La Liga this season, winning six out of seven matches and accumulating 18 points, placing them in second position in the league table.