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Real Madrid superstar ruled out of Shakhtar Donetsk clash, midfielder a doubt



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As per the latest updates from Jose Luis Sanchez, Real Madrid superstar Thibaut Courtois has been ruled out of the upcoming UEFA Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Belgian shot-stopper missed the La Liga encounter against CA Osasuna on Sunday night due to an injury, but manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted that the issue was not serious. However, he had expressed doubts over whether his first-choice goalkeeper will be ready in time for the midweek game.

And now, as per the update from the aforementioned journalist, it seems like Courtois has been definitively ruled out of the encounter against the Ukrainian giants on Wednesday night.

Courtois has grown into one of Real Madrid’s most pivotal players and not having him available for selection for important games such as the UCL encounter on Wednesday will certainly be a blow.

Journalist Sergi Valentin states that there is no exact timeline for his recovery at this point. But there is hope that the former Chelsea star will return to full fitness in time for the first El Clasico of the season which will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu on October 16.

But, ahead of the Shakhtar Donetsk game, there could be more injury woes for Ancelotti as AS has reported that midfielder Eduardo Camavinga did not train with the rest of the team earlier today and did only some indoor work.

The teenager could have stood to gain some minutes in the upcoming game as the manager would be looking to protect the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos for the huge encounter against Barcelona.

However, Camavinga’s involvement has now been cast into doubt due to his non-participation in team training with the rest of the squad.

But there is some good news though as Modric, who had returned with a minor injury from the international break, trained with the group as expected. Lucas Vazquez, too, was seen going through the session, which will be a boost for Los Blancos.

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Atletico Madrid ‘approach’ Real Madrid, Arsenal midfield target over summer move



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According to AS, Atletico Madrid have made the first approach for Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga, who has also been linked heavily with a move to Real Madrid and Arsenal.

The 20-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of the most exciting young prospects in Spanish football this season, having already netted nine goals in La Liga.

It has alerted a series of top-level clubs, with the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid all being linked with the youngster, who has a €40 million release clause in his contract with Celta.

Real Madrid are in the market for midfield reinforcements and have identified Jude Bellingham as their top target, but Veiga is also said to be on the agenda at the Santiago Bernabeu

However, recently, the Galician club’s president confirmed that there had been contact from clubs in England, but stated that Real Madrid had made no approach.

On top of that, a report from MARCA quoted a club source saying that they were not contemplating signing the 20-year-old.

Amidst this, it has now emerged that Atletico Madrid have made an approach towards signing Veiga from Celta Vigo in the summer transfer window.

The Rojiblancos are also in the market for new midfielders amid question marks over the futures of Saul Niguez and Geoffrey Kondogbia.

While Diego Simeone’s side have taken a first step, the report indicates that Veiga, in case of the absence of interest from Real Madrid, would prefer to join Arsenal.

So, the Colchoneros will need to put in efforts to convince the 20-year-old to choose them over a move to the Premier League club come summer if they are serious about adding the talented youngster to their roster for next season.

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