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Carlo Ancelotti gives huge injury update ahead of Manchester City clash

Rodrygo faces race against time for the quarter-final tie with fitness concerns

Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has confirmed that forward Rodrygo may be sidelined for the upcoming Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City due to an injury. The 23-year-old Brazilian international sustained a knock during training prior to Saturday's La Liga match against Mallorca.

Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, said:

"I think we played well. I did not give rest due to a physical aspect. Everyone was fine. Only Rodrygo, who had a knock,"

Rodrygo was selected for the league affair despite missing Friday’s training session. However, he remained an unused substitute during the game. Post-match, Ancelotti revealed that the attacker had been nursing a knock from training. This development casts doubt over his availability for Tuesday’s crucial Champions League fixture.

The player's fitness will need to be assessed before it can be determined whether he will start in Tuesday’s match against Manchester City.

Ancelotti tactical decisions hold key to Madrid’s success

In light of their previous 3-3 draw with Premier League champions in the European Cup last-eight first leg last week, Real Madrid made several changes to their starting lineup against Mallorca. Lucas Vazquez, Luka Modric, Brahim Diaz and Joselu were all handed starts.

Additionally, Antonio Rudiger, Ferland Mendy, Federico Valverde and Jude Bellingham are all expected to start on Tuesday. Vinicius Junior, Eduardo Camavinga, Dani Carvajal and Eder Militao were brought off the bench during Saturday’s game while Toni Kroos was rested. Ancelotti expressed his desire to give Militao more playing time as he only featured briefly towards the end of Saturday’s match.

Aurelien Tchouameni’s suspension increases burden

Aurelien Tchouameni is set to miss next week's clash with Man City due to suspension which further complicates matters for Real Madrid. Moreover, Militao’s lack of minutes since returning from an ACL injury suggests that it will be difficult for him to start at the Etihad Stadium.

The upcoming days will be crucial for Real Madrid as they assess their players' fitness and strategize for the important Manchester City match. The fans, especially those interested in sports betting, will be eagerly awaiting updates on Rodrygo's condition and Ancelotti's final lineup decision.

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