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Injury update: Real Madrid forward could return in time to face Barcelona

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The upcoming El Clasico presents Real Madrid with a solid chance of running away to a spot in the Copa del Rey final. Xavi Hernandez’s Barcelona will be without some of their most important players on the night, and though there will be a leg to come, a big enough lead could settle the tie.

However, Carlo Ancelotti’s men are not without their own worries ahead of the game. David Alaba, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo Goes all continue to be injured, but there is some hope around the Brazilian.

According to reports from Jose Luis Sanchez, Rodrygo trained with the first team today and is very close to returning to the squad. However, a final decision regarding his participation on Thursday will only be made tomorrow.

The youngster has been one of Real Madrid’s most improved players this season and has come up clutch innumerable times on the biggest of stages.

Notably, he also scored against the Blaugranas earlier this season when the two sides met at Santiago Bernabeu.

Rodrygo’s availability on the night may not have much bearing on the starting lineup as the manager would like to avoid starting him immediately after injury. In such a circumstance, he would almost certainly come off the bench as an impact substitute.

Instead, the Italian tactician will resort to the working formula of deploying Federico Valverde as the right-winger against Barcelona. The Uruguayan International has a good history against the Catalans and will look to menace the weakened opposition.

The second leg of the semifinal is scheduled to kickoff at the Camp Nou in early April. It will be the second Clasico in three weeks at the same venue, as the two rivals lock horns once on March 19th in a La Liga clash.

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Real Madrid €25 million-rated ace receives offer from Arsenal – report

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is at a crossroads in his career, with several offers on the table, including one from Premier League club Arsenal, according to a report from Diario AS

It is understood that Lunin has grown tired of playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois at Real Madrid and he feels that his performance last season warrants more playing time and equal opportunities. 

Although he will start training with Real Madrid today, it does not guarantee his future at the club.

Real Madrid, on their part, have offered Lunin a contract renewal, which he has yet to respond to. The club has proposed a renewal that would extend his stay until 2029, but the 25-year-old is still unsure about committing.

However, his hesitation is fueled by advice from those close to him, who encourage him to seek opportunities outside of Real Madrid. 

The situation is complicated

Lunin’s situation is complicated. Despite having a contract that runs until 2025, he has received numerous offers, some quite attractive, such as the one from Arsenal. 

Arsenal are interested in signing Andriy Lunin. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

However, Lunin remains undecided about his next move. His uncertainty is understandable given the setbacks he has faced, such as Courtois securing the starting position in crucial matches like the one at Wembley in the UEFA Champions League final. 

Lunin had shone in games against Leipzig, Manchester, and Munich, earning praise for his performances, yet he still finds himself in Courtois’ shadow.

The dilemma Lunin faces is significant, as his decision will impact several stakeholders. If he decides to leave Real Madrid, the club will need to find a replacement, with Kepa Arrizabalaga being a potential candidate

On the other hand, if Lunin chooses to stay, Real Madrid have no plans to alter their treatment of him.

For now, everyone is eagerly awaiting Lunin’s decision. His future is hanging in the balance, with the potential to shift the dynamics at Real Madrid and affect his career trajectory significantly. 

Will he stay and continue to fight for his place, or will he seize a new opportunity with a different club, perhaps in the Premier League? Only time will tell, but one thing is clear: Lunin’s next move will be a pivotal moment in his career.

*Player valuation in title obtained from transfermarkt.com on date of publication

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