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Real Madrid starter not training with the team due to minor discomfort – report

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As Real Madrid continue their preparations for the new season on their tour of the United States of America, first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois sat out of training today due to minor discomfort, reports Mario Cortegana of The Athletic.

However, the journalist specifies that the Belgian international’s condition is not something to worry about. But it was preferred by the staff that the custodian work with the physios today instead of training with the group.

Real Madrid are set to face off against Manchester United in their second pre-season friendly of the US tour on Wednesday night. Now, with Courtois dealing with discomfort, it will be interesting to see whether he is fit enough to play against the Red Devils.

The 31-year-old has been a standout performer for Los Blancos in recent seasons and is the undisputed first choice between the sticks. Even though he had some fitness problems last season, Courtois ended up playing 49 times across all competitions.

As far as backup goes, Real Madrid have Andriy Lunin as their second-choice goalkeeper. The Ukrainian started in the first friendly match of the US tour against AC Milan this past weekend and ended up conceding two goals.

Lunin was also at the receiving end of a telling-off from goalkeeping coach Luis Llopis in a recent training session. While he is talented, the 24-year-old does not offer the same level of reliability as Courtois.

As such, Los Blancos will be hoping that the discomfort that the Belgian is suffering from is nothing serious and that he will be back in action as soon as possible.

It remains to be seen whether or not Courtois features against Manchester United. The Belgian is not the only Real Madrid star whose involvement is uncertain as Arda Guler is also unlikely to play in the next game as he is also dealing with a minor niggle.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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