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Carlo Ancelotti remains optimistic about Rodrygo’s injury, indicating that the Real Madrid forward may not be sidelined for long despite missing training. Rodrygo, who showcased his prowess with a goal in Madrid’s 3-3 draw against Manchester City, skipped training on Friday due to a knock, prompting concerns over his availability for the Champions League quarter-final return leg on Wednesday.

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Providing an update on Rodrygo, Ancelotti affirmed that the 23-year-old could even be ready for the weekend’s encounter with Mallorca.

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“Rodrygo sustained a knock yesterday, but he should be fit [for Mallorca], along with the rest of the squad,” Ancelotti disclosed. “Our focus is on tomorrow’s match, not Manchester. This week holds significant stakes for us, but the priority remains tomorrow.”

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Ancelotti further acknowledged the possibility of center-back Eder Militao making his first start of the season, eight months after his ACL injury.

“As I’ve mentioned before, all players are available, and tomorrow I’ll field the strongest team,” Ancelotti assured. “Militao is also in contention.”

Addressing concerns about rushing Militao into action against Mallorca or City, Ancelotti emphasized, “It’s something we’re considering, but Eder has put in the hard work and is physically fit. When I see a player in good health, I don’t dwell on the minutes or training time accumulated. I’ve played players like Sami Khedira, who was returning from injury, in a Champions League final because I believed he was fit at that moment.”

“Obviously, Militao won’t manage a full 90 minutes, but he can contribute significantly during the game,” Ancelotti added.

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