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Injury update: Key Real Madrid star expected to return for UCL clash vs RB Leipzig in March

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Real Madrid have had a lot of bad luck with injuries in the ongoing season as they lost their first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defensive mainstay Eder Militao both to ACL injuries very early in the campaign.

David Alaba, another permanent fixture in the side, also ruptured his ACL last month, leaving the Merengues with just two senior centre-backs in Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez.

Despite the situation being as it is, Real Madrid have opted not to reinforce the centre-back position with a new signing this summer and have decided to rely on the existing options, along with Aurelien Tchouameni as a makeshift defender.

But, if reports are to be believed, Carlo Ancelotti & co. are set to welcome one of their injured superstars back into the squad soon.

Eder Militao to be ready for UCL clash against RB Leipzig

Indeed, as per Tomas Gonzalez-Martin on El Debate, Eder Militao is entering the final phase of his recovery and is expected to be fit and ready in time for Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League clash against RB Leipzig in March.

The 26-year-old was expected to miss almost the entirety of the season after he underwent knee surgery in August 2023. But, he has worked incredibly hard on his rehabilitation and has already resumed training on the pitch in recent weeks.

Soon enough, Militao is expected to resume training with the rest of the squad under the command of Ancelotti.

And, if everything goes according to plan, the Brazilian international would be ready to make a comeback against RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second-leg tie on March 6.

Militao’s early return is believed to be one of the reasons why Real Madrid opted against signing a new defender this month. And the countdown is now underway for the former FC Porto man to be back playing in the Royal white jersey.

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad

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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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