Militao’s triumphant return brings renewed strength to Real Madrid’s defense, boosting hopes for victory.

Real Madrid’s head coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that defender Eder Militao is back in action after a lengthy injury spell. The Brazilian center-back, sidelined for over seven months due to a cruciate ligament injury sustained against Athletic Bilbao, is set to return to the squad for the upcoming clash against the same opponents.

Ancelotti expressed his relief at Militao’s return during a press conference, highlighting the significance of his comeback for the team. While acknowledging that Militao may not be at peak condition due to his absence from competitive matches, Ancelotti emphasized the player’s dedication to recovery.

Militao’s return provides a much-needed boost to Madrid’s defensive lineup, especially with David Alaba sidelined as well. The team has coped admirably despite defensive setbacks, with players like Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger stepping up to fill the gaps.

Despite injury challenges, Madrid boasts the best defensive record in Spain, conceding the fewest goals in the league. Ancelotti credited the team’s collective effort and highlighted the contribution of defensive midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni in shoring up the defense when needed.

While Madrid will miss suspended forward Vinicius Junior in the upcoming fixture, top scorer Jude Bellingham returns after serving a ban. Ancelotti light-heartedly remarked on Vinicius’ absence, amidst recent scrutiny over the player’s conduct both on and off the pitch.

With Militao’s return and key players returning from suspension, Madrid aims to maintain their defensive solidity and secure a positive result against Athletic Bilbao.

With AFP