Real Madrid's Defensive Dilemma
Injuries to Rudiger and Alaba Raise Concerns Ahead of Girona Clash
Real Madrid is currently grappling with a defensive injury crisis, adding to their recent woes on the pitch. Following their triumphant return to winning form with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Las Palmas, the joy was tempered by the untimely injuries to two key central defenders, Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba. These setbacks came in the wake of a disheartening derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
David Alaba, in particular, suffered a groin injury during the La Liga match, forcing his substitution in the 40th minute with Lucas Vazquez. Rudiger, too, sustained an injury, though it appears less severe compared to his defensive partner's ailment. Ancelotti provided insight into their conditions, expressing hope that Rudiger's discomfort, likely a knock, wouldn't hinder his availability for Saturday, while Alaba's adductor problem might sideline him.
The bigger picture reveals Real Madrid's dwindling defensive resources, with Eder Militao already sidelined due to a long-term injury. Now, with Alaba and Rudiger joining the treatment room, Ancelotti is left with only one fit center-back, Nacho. However, there's a glimmer of hope as Dani Carvajal returns to the squad after recovering from a muscle injury.
The looming challenge for Ancelotti is how to assemble his defense as they embark on a challenging trip to Catalunya to face the undefeated league leaders, Girona. The injuries have left Real Madrid with a puzzle to solve at the back, raising questions about their defensive resilience in the forthcoming matches.
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