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Official: Real Madrid squad list against Arandina | Copa del Rey

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Real Madrid will travel to the Aranda de Duero region of Spain tomorrow as they play their first game in the 2023/24 Copa del Rey season, in the hopes of defending their crown while pursuing La Liga and the Champions League.

They will take on Arandina CF for the game, who play in the fourth division of Spanish football, and currently sit absolute bottom of Group 1 in the league.

Given the nature of the game, Carlo Ancelotti has chosen to rest a lot of senior players for the game.

He gave updates on Toni Kroos, confirming a knock to his ankle. The German will, therefore, miss the outing, alongside Aurelien Tchouameni, who needs rest after returning from his injury late last month.

Lucaz Vazqez’s injury has also been confirmed by the club, and he will, too, sit this game out, while Vinicius Tobias replaced him as the right-back in the squad alongside Dani Carvajal.

Mario Martin and Nico Paz have been called up from Real Madrid Castilla, alongside Arda Guler, who is expected to make his long-awaited debut tomorrow.

Alvaro Rodriguez joins the travelling team for the first time in a while after making several appearances last season for the senior team.

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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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