Real Madrid announced that center-back Antonio Rudiger has been diagnosed with a muscle injury, ruling him out of Saturday’s crucial match against Girona.
Earlier this month, Antonio Rudiger suffered a hamstring injury, causing him to miss the Madrid derby. However, he was anticipated to make a return to the starting lineup for the showdown between La Liga’s top two teams.
Madrid confirmed that Rudiger sustained a thigh injury, which is expected to sideline him for at least two weeks, adding to their defensive woes.
With Rudiger sidelined, Carlo Ancelotti finds himself without any senior center-backs due to injuries to Eder Militao, David Alaba, and Nacho Fernandez.
The only natural center-back available for Saturday’s game is 19-year-old Jacobo Ramon, who has yet to make his senior debut.
Ancelotti is likely to include Jacobo on the bench and deploy Aurelien Tchouameni, a midfielder, alongside right-back Dani Carvajal in central defense against Girona.
Carvajal, who faced challenges from Atletico Madrid in the previous match, will now be tasked with containing Girona’s Artem Dovbyk, a 6’2″ forward who has scored 14 goals this season.
Looking ahead, Ancelotti is concerned about Madrid’s upcoming Champions League clash against RB Leipzig. Although Nacho is expected to recover in time, Madrid will still be missing three out of their four center-backs.