Carlo Ancelotti might have to make changes to his starting lineup from the first game of the season against Athletic Bilbao, when they play Almeria this weekend. Real Madrid’s injury woes have continued as it looks like yet another pivotal player might have picked up a fitness issue and could potentially miss action.
Already the injuries of Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao have come as a huge blow to the club. They will be out for a major portion of the season with respective ACL injuries.
Amidst all this, there seems to be another potential worry for Carlo Ancelotti. As tweeted out by Jose Luis Sanchez, Eduardo Camavinga has not trained with the team. He is dealing with a muscle overload in his left leg.
The 20-year-old midfielder has proven his quality whenever and wherever he has got the chance. He played an important role in Real Madrid’s road to their 14th Uefa Champions League title. In the second half of last season, he emerged as a regular starter as well.
Another Real Madrid worry as key player misses training
The French midfielder was brought in from Rennes in the summer of 2021, when Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro were all at the club. Naturally, he mostly made appearances as a substitute initially.
But his most important contributions came as a utility player last season, as he played as a left-back in a number of matches in the absence of Ferland Mendy. This season though he seems to have earned himself a spot in the starting lineup as a midfielder, playing 70 minutes in the opening game against Athletic Bilbao.
He also made his 100th appearance for the club last weekend and is seen as a pivotal player in Ancelotti’s 4-4-2 diamond formation. Hopefully, the muscle overload is nothing serious and Camavinga is back on the pitch soon. Real Madrid will also be without Dani Ceballos and Ferland Mendy.
It does feel like Camavinga’s injury is a minor one and he is still not officially ruled out of the game against Almeria. The club should not take a risk if there are any doubts about his fitness though and leaving him out might be the sensible option.