Real Madrid have been struggling with extensive injury problems yet again this season, much like the last one. The team are without a number of key players due to medium and long-term injuries, stretching the squad in almost all areas of the pitch from back to front. And it is impressive how well they have done considering the circumstances. Most other teams would have struggled to even compete, forget winning consistently.
Most recently Real Madrid have seen key midfielders Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga as well as Vinicius Junior pick up significant injuries. They are expected to keep all three players out for the remainder of 2023.
Of course, the two most serious injuries came early in the season. First, Thibaut Courtois tore his ACL before the campaign even started and then, Eder Militao suffered the same injury in the very first league game, against Athletic Bilbao.
Fans are understandably getting worried that Real Madrid are quickly running out of depth and players will start to get fatigued and potentially suffer more injuries as a result. However, it looks like one player might return sooner than expected.
Injured Real Madrid defender could return to training in February
As reported by Mundo Deportivo, Militao is recovering faster than expected. The most optimistic timelines indicate that he could be back available in February
A return in February would be approximately a six-month recovery for Militao, much faster than anybody could have expected. This news no doubt comes as music to the ears of the club's supporters. At the same time though, it is important to make sure the Brazilian international is not rushed back.
Despite Militao's absence, Real Madrid are off to a fantastic defensive start this season conceding only nine goals in La Liga so far, with 15 games played. The partnership of David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger is proving to be very solid and much improved since the previous campaign. One also has to point out the change in the system, with there being an extra midfielder this time around, increasing the solidity in the middle of the park.