Real Madrid defender David Alaba has not returned from his latest injury: report
Real Madrid trained before the clash against Valencia without the Austrian - again. Ancelotti is still also without Mendy and Lucas.
No, David Alaba won’t be back for Real Madrid against Valencia. For this Thursday’s match, Ancelotti already knows that he will still be without the Austrian defender, who, although he has been able to train with the ball in recent days, will have to wait at least for the game against Mallorca on Sunday. Alaba’s absence leaves Carlo with a long list of unfit defenders.
Lucas Vázquez is in the middle of his recovery process and Mendy has just started treatment to return from his recent injury that will have him in the physiotherapy room for nearly two months. This will be the seventh game that Alaba has missed this season.
A selection headache for Carlo Ancelotti
The return of Carvajal will be a welcome relief for the Italian coach. This will allow Nacho to lend a hand on the left side, although the most feasible alternative at the moment is for him to insist on Camavinga as a number ‘3′ and Tchouameni, ready to play again, should return to his role in the Madrid midfield.
Tchouameni’s return opens up many possibilities for Ancelotti, who, during the Frenchman’s absence has seen Ceballos grow exponentially, as well as a debut for Mario Martín (18 years old), from Castilla.
Ancelotti has faith in Real Madrid Castilla
Speaking of Castilla oportunities, Ancelotti turned to a central defender, Marvel (19 years old), to complete the session this Wednesday, although it is unlikely he makes the final cut for the squad against Valencia. The Italian also called up Nakai, the Japanese midfielder for the Whites’ reserve team.