Real Madrid begin their 2021-22 season with a La Liga game against Alaves. Ferland Mendy is likely not to form part of the squad. A tibia injury which has left him sidelines for three months continues to be a problem.
'Mundo Deportivo'' says that the feeling at the club is that there is very little chance of him playing in the first match of the season. It can therefore be assumed that Ancelotti is going to start Marcelo. The Brazilian will take over at left back while the Frenchman completes his recovery.
In the training sessions which he has taken part in, he trained with the rest of the group. Apart from him staying in the gym initially, there did not seem to be anything wrong with him. He is not on the training ground as normal, but the coachig staff know he is not 100% fit and that they need to be patient with him.
In his first two seasons at Real Madrid, Mendy has got become an important player for the club. Not only because he is a starter after lots of money was spent on him from Lyon, but also because the club have managed to bring young blood through at full back, something which has not happened in midfield. Kroos, Modric and co are still there ahead of Ceballos and Odegaard.