In a late update, Real Madrid have officially confirmed that first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will not be involved in tonight’s game against Girona FC due to gastroenteritis.
“Thibaut Courtois will not play today in the match between Girona and Real Madrid , corresponding to matchday 31 of the League (7:30 p.m.). The goalkeeper is out at the last minute due to gastroenteritis and is not traveling with the team,” the official statement read.
With Courtois out of the equation, Real Madrid have called up Mario de Luis as cover in the goalkeeping department for the trip to Girona.
Real Madrid face the Catalan club at Estadi Montilivi later tonight with an aim of keeping their recent winning streak intact.
However, they are having to do so without several important first-team players already as Karim Benzema, David Alaba, and Ferland Mendy are all out with injuries.
Even Eduardo Camavinga is struggling with a knock while Eden Hazard was ruled out of the contest due to an injury he sustained in training. Dani Ceballos is also unavailable due to suspension.
Now, Courtois also joins them on the sidelines and will not be involved against Girona later tonight. In his absence, it is certain that Andriy Lunin will start the game between the sticks.
The Ukrainian has had to deputise for Courtois on several occasions this term and has performed well. And, he will be looking to make the most of his opportunity tonight at Montilivi.
Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.