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Real Madrid: Ferland Mendy’s return date revealed after thigh injury

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The Blancos will have to play for several weeks without the left-back.

Real Madrid defender Ferland Mendy will reportedly stay out of action for two months after suffering a thigh injury.

Mendy limped off the pitch in the first half of Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Atletico Madrid last Thursday. The Blancos have confirmed the 27-year-old has started his rehab process from the muscle injury.

According to Spanish radio station Cadena COPE, Real Madrid won’t have Mendy at their disposal for the next two months.

Mendy’s absence is a massive squad blow to Real Madrid’s squad, who are competing in La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

How Many matches could Mendy miss?

The Real Madrid defender could miss up to 13 games if Real Madrid reach the Club World Cup’s final.

The standout fixtures include Champions League clashes against Liverpool and an El Clasico in the Copa del Rey semi-finals.

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A new left-back at Santiago Bernabeu?

Real Madrid were struggling for squad depth at the left-back position even before Mendy’s injury. 

Nacho Fernandez, who is a centre-back by trade, has covered for Mendy’s absence before. However, he played on the right-hand side of Real Madrid’s defence when they met Real Sociedad last weekend.

Eduardo Camavinga was Carlo Ancelotti’s unorthodox choice for the position. But the Italian boss was satisfied by the midfielder’s performance in the goalless stalemate.

 “[Camavinga] did well,” Ancelotti said of the Frenchman’s performance. 

“He is not used to it but, with him and with Vinicius, we created many opportunities on that flank.”

Real Madrid have also intensified their efforts to sign Rayo Vallecano’s Fran García. But according to the Athletic, he won’t arrive at Santiago Bernabeu before the next summer.