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Raul Asencio joins Real Madrid’s first team training amid defensive crisis

Real Madrid Castilla v AD Ceuta - Primera RFEF Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Real Madrid have called up youth team defender Raul Asencio to join the first team training session on Tuesday, as they prepare for their next La Liga match against Alavés on Thursday. The 20-year-old centre-back is one of the few options available for coach Carlo Ancelotti, who is facing a defensive crisis due to injuries.

Real Madrid are without two of their main centre-backs, Eder Militao and David Alaba, who are both recovering from long-term ACL injuries. The Brazilian suffered the injury in September, while the Austrian tore his ACL against Villarreal last weekend. Both are expected to be out for the rest of the season.

Asencio, who plays for Real Madrid’s reserve team Castilla, has been chosen to fill the gap in part because Castilla have their own injury problems. Castilla are missing their two regular centre-backs, Marvel and Carillo, who are also injured. This means that Asencio’s promotion could leave Castilla’s defence too thin, although they are currently on a break and will not play until January.

Ancelotti will likely trust Aurelien Tchouameni as a centre-back if needed before he uses Asencio. The French midfielder, who joined Real Madrid would not play there ideally, but in a pickle, he can fill in alongside Antonio Rudiger or Nacho.

Per Managing Madrid’s Kiyan Sobhani, Tchouameni would probably be trusted over any youth team product, especially in a big game:

In other news, Fede Valverde trained inside the gym today, while Arda Güler trained outside on his own.

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