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Injured Real Madrid star pushing to return for Copa del Rey final vs Osasuna

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Real Madrid are up against perhaps one of their most decisive weeks of the season across competitions at the beginning of May.

The men in white take on Osasuna in the final of the Copa del Rey in their second game of the month before facing off against Manchester City twice in two weeks in the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League.

A perfect run at the beginning of May would set up a fairytale finish to the season for Los Blancos. It would not only assure them of the Copa del Rey trophy but place them in the final of the UCL against either of the Milan teams. In either case, Carlo Ancelotti’s men would be the favourites to win that final.

A fully-fit squad would go a long way in ensuring the team’s dream run. However, Ancelotti suffered a big blow to his plans earlier this week when Luka Modric was ruled out through a hamstring injury.

The initial prognosis for his setback was poor, and it was expected that he will miss the Cup final as well as the UCL first leg.

According to reports from AS, the Croatian is doing everything possible to recover earlier than expected. He is desperate to play a part in the Copa del Rey final, at least off the bench and targets a return against Osasuna.

Modric allegedly spent the weekend in Belgrade where he met a specialist to discuss his injury. Marijana Kovacevic, the ‘miracle doctor’ who has treated many including Novak Djokovic before is the specialist working with him.

With more personalised care to his muscles, Modric targets to halve the recovery time.

At 37 years of age, the Croatian international’s drive and perseverance to play at the highest level is nothing short of stunning. Needless to say, his ability to operate and dominate matches at this age is no longer surprising.

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‘Give everything to win’ – Real Madrid UCL hero ready for Barcelona challenge

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Andriy Lunin was Real Madrid’s main protagonist in the club’s narrow win over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Lunin is going to be in focus once again as Real Madrid brace themselves for another important encounter against Barcelona.

Speaking ahead of this crucial tie, Lunin talked about how Real Madrid will put the title race to an end if they can secure a win over Barça.

Lunin on Barcelona – Real Madrid clash

“It is clear that Clásico is a very important match. We are all clear that winning this Sunday can almost solve the League,” Lunin told TVE (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“We have prepared ourselves in the best possible way to take three points, which are very important.”

Real Madrid are indeed heading into this game with a solid eight-point lead over Barcelona in the league table.

A win this evening could help them extend that gap to 11 points, effectively ruling Barça out of the title race.

Lunin is focused ahead of the Barcelona tie (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid have attained an excellent record against Barcelona of late. Lunin, though, believes past encounters do not matter in a Clasico.

“In a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona the things that have happened are forgotten and everyone is concentrating,” the Ukrainian added.

Lunin went on to talk about Real Madrid’s gruelling schedule, with the Spanish giants coming on the back of a 120-minute encounter against Man City.

“It is true that last stretch of the season is very demanding. The team played 120 minutes in Manchester, it was good to suffer and overcome difficulties. Now we have Barça at home, with our people and we have no choice but to give everything to win,” he said.

Lunin also talked about his watered-down celebration following his penalty heroics against Man City, adding, “I am a quiet and rather shy person, but within me, I had tremendous joy. I already said after the game that I was the happiest person in the world.”

Finally, the goalkeeper was asked about his future at Real Madrid, with his current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expiring in 2025.

“Real Madrid has been a dream since I was little, but now it is time for the most important games of the season and we have to be focused because we have to get the best result from what we have left. Then we will talk about the papers (contract) and other things,” he concluded.

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