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The Ravages.. : 24 November 2023

Friday Edition of the Daily Merengue

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Real Madrid Training Session

It’s A Plague

Los Blancos have been ravaged by injuries this season. The season-long absences of Courtois and Militao coupled with the departure of Karim Benzema have left the Merengues with very little room to manoeuvre.

The list gets longer

Rodrygo is one of the players who has played the most minutes this season. Ancelotti has taken him out of the team on a couple of occasions but he’s been a mainstay for the most part. At some point it cannot be a coincidence with all these injuries occurring so frequently. Even if Rodrygo is cleared to play it would probably be unwise to use him. If he’s got a problem, the club cannot afford to exacerbate the problem. The risk is too high.

The new signing

If ever there was a sign of a crisis at the club with Ancelotti at the helm, it has to be the inclusion of Castilla players in the first team squad.

On the bright side, this presents an opportunity for youngsters to play some minutes with the first team. Gonzalo Garcia has been making waves it seems he’s got no shortage of admirers.

Thankless work

Lunin will probably play the early rounds of the Copa del Rey but the fact that he wasn’t trusted to be the number 1 means he’s likely to miss out when the stakes are highest. He has taken every opportunity so far. Maybe 2 or 3 GKs on the planet don’t look ordinary next to Courtois, so those are really big boots fill but Lunin has done a good job so far.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The injury list keeps growing and even Carlo is calling up Castilla players. It’s a crisis. Given that Vini has had a repeat injury and his natural replacement in Rodrygo is also potentially injured.. Should Carlo be more cautious and rest Bellingham and Rodrygo? Is it worth it to risk adding either or both to the injury list for another month?

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