Real Madrid, who travel to Cádiz in the championship on Sunday (6:30 p.m.), must deal with a very reduced squad. Camavinga, Modric, Kroos, Vinicius and Bellingham are already out, Rodrygo could also miss the match.
Real Madrid is cursed. Since the start of the season, Merengue coach Carlo Ancelotti has systematically had to deal with a multitude of absentees. The Casa Blanca infirmary is full to bursting. Before the trip to Cádiz on Sunday for the 14th day of La Liga, Real will have to do without Aurélien Tchouaméni, Nacho Fernandez or even Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The executives are also out: Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will not be traveling to Andalusia, just like Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militão, who are recovering from their serious knee injuries. Also note the absence of Dani Ceballos, the young Turkish prodigy Arda Güler, who relapsed once again two weeks ago, as well as Madrid’s top scorer since the start of the season, the essential Jude Bellingham.
A final fatal international truce
The least we can say is that the last international truce did not help the affairs of Madrilenians. In addition to the cascade of injuries mentioned above, Eduardo Camavinga also joined the infirmary of the Spanish capital. The Blues midfielder was injured during training with the France team last week. But that’s not all, the Brazilian star of Real, Vinicius Jr, had to leave prematurely last Friday during the meeting between the Seleção and Colombia and will not play again in 2023, just like “It made me“.
The Merengue could also be deprived of Rodrygo for the trip to Cadiz on Sunday. The Brazilian was hit in the knee on Wednesday during the “Superclico» lost by his team against Argentina (1-0). A high tension encounter during which the 22-year-old found himself in the middle of an altercation with Lionel Messi and Rodrigo De Paul. The latter caused the Real striker to receive a wave of racist comments on his social networks.
First announced forfeit against Cadiz, Rodrygo could finally be traveling to Andalusia according to information from the Cadena COPE . The Spanish media announced this Friday that the winger, author of 5 goals and 4 ists since the start of the season, trained indoors and that he could be lined up on Sunday by Carlo Ancelotti. His knee injury wouldn’t be that serious. This turnaround would be good news for Real Madrid, who will need their Brazilian this weekend to take the three points and get back in front of Girona, leader of the championship with two points ahead.
Reinforcements in the winter transfer window?
Madrid management knows that the team only has one top striker this season: Joselu. A problematic situation for a club like Real Madrid, which risks being very active during the next transfer market. With the multitude of injuries in the Spanish infirmary, the Merengue will have to strengthen in order to keep pace with Girona in La Liga and hope to go far in the Champions League.
To compensate for this lack of offensive weight, according to the media Photo And Tuttomercato , Real would be interested in former PSG scorer, Argentinian Mauro Icardi (30 years old). The White House would be ready to take action in order to enlist the Galatasaray striker, author of a great start to the season in Turkey (20 matches, 15 goals in all competitions this season).
Real are also considering another name to recruit an offensive player this winter: Marcos Leonardo. The young Brazilian, who currently plays for Santos, has a total of 21 goals and 4 ists since the start of the season. According to Globo the Merengue would like to recruit the 20-year-old striker and would increase contacts with Auriverde, who was already close to joining AS Roma last summer.
Real Madrid obviously does not forget Kylian Mbappé. A ttransfer of PSG star to the White House is impossible during the winter transfer window. But, from January 1, the captain of the France team, at the end of his contract with the capital club next June, will be able to discuss with any club. Madrilenians, with a view to this summer, would also target Manchester City striker Erling Haaland. His agent, Rafaela Pimenta, maintains uncertainty over the Norwegian’s future in England.
According to information from A.S. this Thursday, Florentino Pérez, who would have a titanic budget at his disposal, would aim to sign the two current stars of world football next summer. Casa Blanca is therefore starting to prepare for an upcoming summer transfer market which will undoubtedly be very intense. But, for the moment, Real Madrid, historically very discreet during the winter transfer windows, will have to act in January in the face of a worrying slaughter of injured people and an increasingly urgent situation.