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Real Madrid star misses training ahead of UCL final due to fever

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Real Madrid are stepping up their preparations as they gear up to face Borussia Dortmund in the finals of the UEFA Champions League on Sunday.

Leading up to the game, Real Madrid held their second session today, but there were a few players who were absent from training.

Andriy Lunin misses training

Indeed, Mundo Deportivo reports that Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin did not participate in training at Valdebebas today as he is down with fever.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian international was not involved in training yesterday either due to the illness and has still seemingly not recovered to make it back today either.

Lunin’s absence from training for two days might further boost Thibaut Courtois’ chances of playing the UCL final against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Lunin not in training. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

The Belgian shot-stopper appears to be the favourite to get the nod in goal despite having played only four games this term.

And with Lunin not training for two days and no certainty over his return tomorrow either, Courtois’ candidature could gain further strength.

Meanwhile, apart from Lunin, fellow goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was also not in training today, although he had sought permission from the club to be absent.

David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni, currently injured, also did not train with the rest of the group, although the latter did do some individual work.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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