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No CB Acquisition?
According to Jose Felix Diaz, Real Madrid, do not plan on signing a CB in the winter transfer market, in spite of only having 2 senior center backs at the moment. This is somewhat worrying. Alaba is out for the season. So is Militao. Now, we must expect Nacho and Rudiger to consistently perform at a very high level and stay fit for half a season, in which they are bound to face plenty of intense games. Asencio has been promoted to the first team now (from a Castilla squad already thin on defense) and we can only hope that he can provide the seniors with some much needed rest. But hey, let’s not get carried away. This is only one report. We may yet get another (young) CB.
So... On Reece’s Injury Record
Reece James is one we’ve been wanting for a while. Yet, many fans, in this blog also, have voiced concern over his fitness record. Well, the man’s had another unfortunate one.
Chelsea captain Reece James set to undergo hamstring surgery in Finland — decision has been made with player and club staff involved.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 21, 2023
He’s expected to be back in April, set to miss more than three months this season, as @SamiMokbel81_DM reported. pic.twitter.com/ulw5J5qXTl
The Super League Updates
Florentino Perez:— Managing Madrid (@managingmadrid) December 21, 2023
"We welcome the ruling of the European Court of Justice with enormous satisfaction. In the coming days we will carefully study the scope of this great historical significance. European football will never be a monopoly, and from today the clubs will be the…
And... last match of the year
Line-up as expected, giving the circumstances.