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Rodrygo decision made for Cadiz squad

Rodrygo has been included in Real Madrid’s matchday squad for their La Liga clash with Cadiz on Sunday evening.

The 22-year-old forward suffered an injury scare during the November international break, damaging his knee during Brazil’s 1-0 defeat to Argentina in 2026 World Cup qualifying.

However, he has been ruled fit enough to make the squad in a major boost for manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian is already without a host of important first-team stars, with Vinicius Junior, Eder Militao, Thibaut Courtois, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Arda Guler all injured.

Those midfield absences mean veteran duo Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will get more game time for Los Blancos, while Jude Bellingham is fit again having missed England duty.

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Rodrygo in action during the November international break / Buda Mendes/GettyImages

Ahead of the game, Ancelotti said: “We’ve had injuries that have hampered us, but the squad is solid.

“We’ve always been competitive despite the absences. We go into the game full of confidence and we hope that the injured players recover soon. We’re convinced that we can handle the problems because we have a squad that gives me confidence.

“Those who have played less have an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to show how good the players are that make up this squad.”

Ancelotti also hit out at the heavy workload that is forced on players, adding: “The calendar cannot be sustained and those who draw it up have to look at this.

“Now we have this problem and it will increase because there will be a World Cup and a Champions League with more matches.

“The only solution is to reduce the number of games and this can be done by LaLiga, UEFA and FIFA, but they do the opposite.”

Madrid can move further ahead of Clasico rivals Barcelona, who drew with Rayo Vallecano on Saturday night, with a win over 16th-placed Cadiz on Sunday, with current La Liga leaders Girona in action on Monday.

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