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Real Madrid out-of-favour youngster expected to get minutes against Real Sociedad – report



Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images

Real Madrid have La Liga in the bag after their late 3-2 win over Barcelona last weekend. Having taken points off the second-placed team and extended their lead to 11 points, the trophy is all but theirs.

The focus, now, shifts to the UEFA Champions League where Los Blancos are 270 minutes away from the trophy.

Needless to say, one can expect significant rotations from Carlo Ancelotti in La Liga in view of the same, starting from tomorrow’s clash against Real Sociedad.

The teenager’s chance

As revealed in a recent report by AS, Ancelotti plans to provide fringe players with minutes in tomorrow’s game.

One such player who is expected to have minutes off the bench is Arda Guler, who has largely been restricted from minutes this season owing to a number of factors.

While a series of painful injuries hampered Guler’s debut for Real Madrid, the Italian coach opted against using him even after his recovery as he did not see him as physically ready to compete at the highest level.

Guler is desperate for more minutes. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Months of work later, Guler is now more prepared than ever but has still seen just 50 minutes in La Liga this season.

He has not participated in Real Madrid’s last five games across all competitions, and tomorrow could be his chance to prove his worth with a strong cameo off the bench.

Ancelotti confirms his plan

Speaking to the press ahead of Friday’s clash, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted that he now saw Guler be ready for more prominence and did not rule out his participation tomorrow.

“He’s fine, he’s been ready for a while, he hasn’t had chances, the games have been demanding. He deserved the minutes. He can play.”

Considering that the 19-year-old has impressed in many of his cameos this season, notably against Girona, Celta Vigo and Osasuna, it will be interesting to see how the youngster turns up against the Basque side.

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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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