Marco Asensio is the newest Real Madrid participant to be unavailable for his or her Club World Cup semi-final in opposition to Egypt’s Al Ahly on Wednesday after the midfielder damage his hamstring.
Asensio suffered the damage within the shock defeat by Mallorca and, throughout Tuesday’s coaching session in Morocco, was nonetheless feeling discomfort that can lead him to overlook the last-four conflict.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti additionally bought the information on Wednesday that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who didn’t make the journey to Rabat on Monday, won’t get better from a groin damage in time to fly out ought to Real qualify for Saturday’s ultimate.
Forwards Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard and defenders Eder Militao, Lucas Vazquez and Ferland Mendy additionally stayed in Madrid for therapy.
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Hazard, Vazquez and Mendy have been out with long-term accidents however Benzema and Militao, who had been substituted within the LaLiga win in opposition to Valencia final Thursday, aren’t anticipated to be sidelined for too lengthy and will be part of their workforce mates in Rabat later within the week.
Ancelotti can be crossing his fingers that his key gamers can return rapidly as they observe their journey to Morocco with Champions League final 16 matches in opposition to Liverpool and a Copa del Rey semi-final in opposition to Barcelona, in addition to attempting to catch their arch rivals in LaLiga.
Barca are prime, eight factors forward of second-placed Real.
The winners of Wednesday’s match will face Al Hilal within the Club World Cup ultimate. The Saudi Arabian facet delivered a shocking 3-2 win in opposition to South American champions Flamengo within the different semi-final in Tangier on Tuesday.