Big blow! Ancelotti reveals who will replace injured Rudiger in defence

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Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger limped off injured in the 2-0 win against Getafe.

Rudiger has been an ever-present figure in defence for Madrid, as the Los Blancos have already lost both Eder Militao and David Alaba to long-term injuries.

Nacho Fernandez is currently the only natural centre-back in Ancelotti’s squad, and Aurelien Tchouameni has had to help out in defence at times.

Ahead of Sunday’s derby game against Atletico Madrid, Ancelotti has insisted he has several options if Rudiger does not recover in time.

Interestingly, Ancelotti tipped Eduardo Camavinga to fill in the role, after naming Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal.

“The third option would be Camavinga, who has never played there, but because of his profile, he can,” Ancelotti said after naming full-backs Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy as his preferred emergency centre-backs.

“He’s quick, with good ball control and is strong in duels.

“Those would be the three options. But all three give me confidence. In my opinion, the job of a centre-back, of a pivot, is the easiest in football, because you have to use your head more than your energy. All three could do it well.”

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