How to call a widget in a loop at a specific iteration value?

On the index page of my website. I want to display a widget in the third position. I am calling the widget through “the_widget( ‘Widget Name’ );” code. Now the problem is, since it doesn’t return anything.

It will display the widget in the first position in my loop. Is there any way, I can store the widget content in a variable and display on third position. Or any other work around may be.

Thanks.

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You can check what iteration you’re on inside the main loop with $wp_query->current_post

while( have_posts() ){
    the_post();

    the_title();

    // count starts at zero, so after 1 will be after 2nd post
    if( 1 == $wp_query->current_post ){
        the_widget( 'WP_Widget_Recent_Posts' );
    }

}

Edit

Regarding your comment about capturing widget output, you can try PHP output buffering:

ob_start();
the_widget( 'WP_Widget_Recent_Posts' );
$widget_output = ob_get_clean();