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Vallejo: Eintracht fearful of Real taking defender back early

Reports in Germany say Real Madrid's injury worries mean they may bid to recall the on-loan centre-half early from Eintracht Frankfurt.

Real Madrid Vallejo
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Real Madrid's defensive injury issues are not only a cause of concern for head coach Zinedine Zidane, but also for Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

Both Pepe and Ramos out of action

The hamstring injury suffered by Pepe on Saturday saw the Portuguese ruled out for up to six weeks, with fellow centre-back Sergio Ramos already on the sidelines.

That currently leaves Raphael Varane and Nacho Fernández as Zidane's only recognised senior alternatives at the heart of Los Merengues' defence.

Real could try to increase backline options

And Bild reports Madrid could bid to bolster their rearguard depth in January by bringing Jesús Vallejo back early from his year-long loan at the club.

Vallejo has enjoyed a successful time on loan in Germany.

Vallejo has been hit in Bundesliga

Vallejo, who is yet to play for Real since being signed in 2015, has earned rave reviews in Germany, establishing himself as a regular in the Eintracht defence.

Boss Niko Kovac has described the 19-year-old as a "machine", and Frankfurt are thought to be keen to extend his loan stay beyond the present campaign.

Bobic: "At the moment there's nothing to say"

Bild says recalling Vallejo prematurely would incur a sizeable financial penalty, with Frankfurt head of football Fredi Bobic cagey on a winter-transfer-window exit.

"We have a good relationship with Real Madrid, we talk regularly and we'll meet with them again," Bobic commented. "But at the moment there's nothing to say."

Vallejo has made 10 appearances in all competitions for Eintracht, who sit seventh in the 2016/17 Bundesliga standings.