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Bayern Munich manager confirms major fitness concern ahead of Real Madrid clash



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In three days, Real Madrid will lock horns with Bayern Munich in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final tie away at the Allianz Arena.

Leading up to the blockbuster encounter, Real Madrid have been greeted by good news on the fitness front as Rodrygo and Ferland Mendy have recovered from their ailments and are ready for the game.

On the other hand, Bayern Munich have been handed a key fitness concern leading up to the game.

Jamal Musiala a doubt?

Indeed, ahead of their ongoing Bundesliga match against Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel left key man Jamal Musiala out of the squad altogether, raising eyebrows.

Prior to kickoff, the German manager confirmed that the young sensation’s absence was due to a fitness concern, saying (h/t iMiaSanMia):

“He can’t play. He wanted to, we really wanted him to. He had two days without pain and felt it again yesterday.

“It’s a tendon irritation that is really hindering him. He had to stop training yesterday, now we’re giving it our all for Tuesday.”

Musiala is recovering from a minor issue. (Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP via Getty Images)

As such, Musiala’s involvement against Real Madrid might be under a cloud of uncertainty at this point.

Meanwhile, Tuchel already confirmed earlier this week that Leroy Sane is also facing a race against time to be ready for the UCL match, although Serge Gnabry is expected to be ready.

It remains to be seen who among the three make it to the game against Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

If Musiala does not recover, it will be a huge blow for Bayern Munich, given how crucial the young attacking midfielder is for the team’s fortunes.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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