After suffering a hamstring injury, Marco Asensio is the most recent Real Madrid player to be ruled out of their Club World Cup semifinal matchup against Egypt’s Al Ahly on Wednesday.
Asensio sustained the injury in the unexpected loss to Mallorca and was still experiencing difficulty during Tuesday’s training session in Morocco, which will prevent him from playing in the last-four match.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who skipped the trip to Rabat on Monday, was also informed on Wednesday by manager Carlo Ancelotti that he would not be able to travel out should Real advance to the championship game on Saturday.
Forwards Defenders Eder Militao, Lucas Vazquez, and Ferland Mendy as well as Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, and remained in Madrid for treatment.
Benzema and Militao, who were substitutes in the LaLiga victory over Valencia last Thursday, are not anticipated to be away for too long and might join their team mates in Rabat later this week. Hazard, Vazquez, and Mendy have been out with long-term ailments.
As they follow their journey to Morocco with Champions League last-16 matches against Liverpool and a Copa del Rey semi-final matchup against Barcelona, as well as aiming to catch their arch rivals in LaLiga, Ancelotti will be crossing his fingers that his key players can return promptly.
Eight points separate first-place Barca from second-place Real.
The winner of the game on Wednesday will compete in the Club World Cup final against Al Hilal. In the other semi-final on Tuesday in Tangier, the Saudi Arabian team stunned the South American champions Flamengo, winning 3-2.