Toni Kroos remains out with the flu, but Real Madrid welcomed back Rodrygo Goes at Tuesday’s training. After missing Los Blancos’ opening two LaLiga games against Almeria and Celta de Vigo due to muscle fatigue, Rodrygo will be available for Sunday’s match against Espanyol.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti is set to use the 4-3-3 formation for the initial time this season now that Kroos has had time to recover from his illness. The Italian coach made a similar suggestion at his most recent press conference, indicating that the team would return to their 4-3-3 shape if Rodrygo was healthy enough to play.
Since much of Real Madrid’s offense has been dependent on Vinicius and Benzema through the first two games, Rodrygo’s return should be beneficial. A significant improvement from Rodrygo is expected this year, and he will require game experience and playing time to feel comfortable in his new role.