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Real Madrid superstar not back in team training, out of El Clasico – report

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Earlier this week, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was adamant about the return of Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgian international has been sidelined for a couple of weeks due to an injury. But the Real Madrid coach sparked hopes of his return against FC Barcelona in the revered El Clasico on Sunday.

However, according to Sergio Santos, Courtois has been ruled out for the game as he has not yet fully recovered from his knock. This comes after similar reports from Sergio Quirante that suggested that the goalkeeper had missed training once again, ahead of the encounter.

In his report, Santos adds that the former Chelsea shot-stopper had known about his fate since yesterday when he did not train with the team.

But Real Madrid had kept repeatedly flowing the possibility of him returning to action for the Barcelona game in order to maintain the intrigue and keep the opposition guessing, ahead of this crucial encounter.

That is where Carlo Ancelotti’s comments come into the fray. The Italian had said that Courtois had trained ahead of the game and had a test pending before he could be given the clearance to feature against Barcelona.

However, with the Belgian now ruled out of action, Real Madrid are set to continue with Andriy Lunin as their main shot-stopper. This is arguably going to be the toughest test yet for the young Ukrainian goalkeeper, who has already featured in four competitive matches this season.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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