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Lucas Vazquez adds to Real Madrid’s injury woes ahead of Copa Del Rey opener

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In another blow for Real Madrid this season, Lucas Vazquez will be absent from the squad in Aranda de Duero, and his return is pending further evaluation of the issue he encountered during today’s training session.

“After tests conducted today by the Medical Services of Real Madrid, our player Lucas Vázquez has been diagnosed with an injury to the semitendinosus muscle in the right thigh. Pending evolution,” states the medical report.

This setback adds to Real Madrid’s injury concerns, with the squad currently training without Toni Kroos and Aurelien Tchouaméni, and three youth players filling in.

The defender joins an already substantial injury list, including three serious cases (Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, and David Alaba), along with the imminent return of Mendy, who is expected to feature in the Supercopa.

Ancelotti, who previously stated that “Arda Güler could start tomorrow,” now faces a significant adjustment to his plans, particularly in the defensive line, where injuries have plagued the team since the beginning of the season.

While further examinations and monitoring are pending, Lucas Vazquez’s absence is estimated to last three weeks.

Consequently, he will miss the Supercopa de España, and the Galician player will not travel to Riyadh, where Real Madrid faces Atlético Madrid in the semi-finals on Wednesday. His expected return is scheduled for the last weekend of January, in the match against Las Palmas.

Lucas Vazquez, who played a pivotal role in securing victory in Vitoria with a decisive goal, was set to be a key figure in Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey debut.

This muscular setback has drastically altered Ancelotti’s defensive plans, compounding the team’s challenges in an area that has been plagued by injuries since the start of the season.

As the squad grapples with an increasing casualty list, Ancelotti faces the delicate task of reshuffling his lineup and strategies, especially with the upcoming Supercopa de España clash against Atlético Madrid in Riyadh. The absence of key players, including Vazquez, poses a significant test for the depth and resilience of the Real Madrid squad.

With the team’s ambitions in both domestic and international competitions, managing the injury crisis becomes a top priority for Ancelotti and his coaching staff as they aim to maintain their competitive edge.

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