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Real Madrid defender has recovered from his calf issue, ready to face Barcelona

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It was a busy week for Real Madrid, who had to churn out a hard-fought win over cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid, in order to book tickets for the Super Cup final.

Real Madrid are set to meet Barcelona in the final on Sunday. But the club suffered a major blow in midweek when Dani Carvajal suffered a knock after the derby.

Carvajal’s knock raised concerns, especially after the defender missed a training session with the team yesterday.

Dani Carvajal back in training

However, a recent report from AS has offered a major update on the fitness of Carvajal, suggesting that the right-back is back in training.

It appears the veteran defender has left behind his calf discomfort. The report points out that he took part in the training session in the lead-up to the final.

Carvajal began by taking part in warm-up exercises with the rest of his teammates. He also took part in the short sprint session, which further confirmed that the player was well past his discomfort.

Carvajal will be available vs Barcelona (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Available for Barcelona clash

Given Carvajal’s performance in training, the report assures that the right-back is well and truly back and will be available for the Super Cup final against Barcelona.

In fact, Carvajal remains a guaranteed starter in the Real Madrid lineup, where his experience could prove to be crucial in containing the Barcelona frontline.

Not to mention, the Spanish international can cause problems for the Barça defence as well, thanks to his attacking prowess.

Carvajal notably scored an important goal in the midweek semifinal against Atletico Madrid. His 85th-minute equaliser led the game to extra time, where Real Madrid scored twice to book tickets for the final.

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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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