Real Madrid hopeful of having two long-term injury absentees back for Champions League quarters

La Liga giants Real Madrid could well see their prospects for the quarter-finals of the Champions League boosted, courtesy of the return from injury of not one, but two key members of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad.

As much was confirmed by Ancelotti himself on Wednesday, fresh off his side booking their spot in the last eight of European club football’s elite competition.

Real marked their return to action on the continent late last night, welcoming German outfit RB Leipzig to the Spanish capital for the 2nd leg of the Last-16 tie between the clubs.

And though, once more, Los Blancos looked some way short of their best, in the end, they did enough to emerge on the right side of a 2-1 aggregate scoreline.

This means that the capital giants will take their place in next Friday’s draw for the Champions League’s quarter-finals.

And, set to play out in just over a month’s time, the most successful club in the history of European competition could yet see their efforts to march on to the final four aided by two faces not seen in competitive action for some time.

Speaking to the media post-match on Wednesday, Carlo Ancelotti was asked for the latest fitness news in his squad.

And, in his reply, the Italian went on to reveal that long-term absentees Thibaut Courtois and Éder Militão are on the verge of respective comebacks:

“It may be that we will have Courtois and Militao for the quarter finals. That’s good news,” he concluded.

Conor Laird | GSFN

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