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Injured Real Madrid mainstay could return to training by March or April – report

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It is a rarity in the world of football that a manager is forced to look towards a third-choice goalkeeper. After all, the guardians of the goal are the least susceptible to injury of any player on the field.

Yet, Carlo Ancelotti has found himself in such a situation this season at Real Madrid. With Thibaut Courtois ruled out with a long-term injury and Kepa Arrizabalaga suffering a fitness blow himself, the Italian gaffer was forced to turn to Andriy Lunin in recent games.

Luckily for him, the Ukrainian goalkeeper boasts of fine quality himself and put in a great shift to cover the void.

Courtois working hard

While Real Madrid have found replacements, the void left by Courtois’ injury is palpable. The Belgian shot-stopper, after all, is one of the best in the business and a match-winner in his own right.

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Courtois is working day and night to shorten his recovery period and make a swift comeback to action.

In fact, he recently even shared an update on social media to provide a glimpse of his work behind the scenes and thanked fans for their support.

“Thanks to the people I have around me, things are getting better every day,” his message read.

Courtois’ recovery is going well. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Despite being initially ruled out for the entire season through an ACL tear, the Spanish outlet reports that the shot-stopper could return to group training as early as March or April if he continues hitting the deadlines.

No Euros for the Belgian

As revealed earlier today, the Real Madrid No. 1 has opted against travelling with the Belgian National Team for the European Championships next year. The competition is scheduled to kick off in mid-June, but the player prefers to avoid the risk.

Instead, the veteran will stay in Madrid and work to return to his 100% at the earliest. After all, the road to the starting lineup will be long even after he returns to group training in March.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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