Strikes chase Ancelotti ahead of World Cup and clash with Liverpool

London – “Al-Quds Al-Arabi”: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti received a series of bad news, the day after the triumphant victory, obtained at the expense of the capital’s neighbor, Atletico Madrid, in derby that brought them together on Thursday evening at the “Santiago Bernabeu” stadium, which ended with a 3-1 victory for the hosts, in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. And the start has come, announcing the exit of the French glass Ferland Mendy, from the accounts of the Italian technician and his auxiliary apparatus, for a period of no less than 4 weeks, and this time, due to the setback he suffered in the derby, and as a result he was forced to leave the stadium, and this coincided with a renewed injury sustained by Austrian defender David Alaba. And according to what was reported by the Italian site “Toto Mercato”, the Bayern Munich defender was in about to return to the stadiums last week, but unfortunately for him his sufferings were renewed with the injury to the soleus muscle, which he officially unveiled in mid-January, to multiply the ambiguity on the date of his return to group training and to official matches, after it was scheduled for early February. At the same time, doubts remain about the return of French midfielder Aurelien Chouamini, due to his delayed response to his injury rehabilitation programme, contenting himself with performing some light exercises with the ball, before undergoing test of physical fitness, which will determine his return to group training, to then gradually participate in official matches, as well as the old injured Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal. As for the only happy news for Ancelotti, the protagonist of the derby, Rodrigo, recovered from the injury that forced him to leave in the second half, to confirm his presence against Real Sociedad on Sunday evening, who will be a guest at the “Santiago Bernabeu”, for the 19th round of the Spanish league, led by Barcelona. With 44 points, 3 points ahead of Blancos. The injury emergency comes 10 days before the away match in Morocco, where the Royal Club will fly to the homeland of the Atlas Lions, to participate in the Club World Cup, which will start on the first day of Valentine’s Day, facing Al-Ahly of Egypt against the New Zealanders of Auckland City and, after returning to Madrid , preparations for the match against Liverpool will begin, in program on the 21st of the same month at “Anfield”, in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League.