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Real Madrid winger set to miss Athletic Club encounter due to ankle injury

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The injury woes continue to pile up for Real Madrid as Eden Hazard has become the latest casualty within the Spanish capital club.

According to Guillermo Rai of The Athletic, the Belgian winger missed the training session earlier today after twisting his ankle in a previous session. As a result, he is set to miss the upcoming game against Athletic Club on Sunday night.

Hazard joins an ever-growing injury list at the Santiago Bernabeu, which includes David Alaba, Aurelien Tchouameni, Dani Carvajal, and Lucas Vazquez.

The 31-year-old former Chelsea ace is not a prominent part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans at the club and has not featured much in recent weeks for the reigning champions of Spain and Europe.

Indeed, Hazard has played just seven times across all competitions this season, managing a return of one goal and an assist in those appearances.

In fact, the 31-year-old has not appeared in a single La Liga game since September last year while he was not used in the two Spanish Super Cup matches as well as the Copa del Rey encounter against Villarreal earlier this week.

So, it would be fair to say that Hazard’s absence will not be felt a great deal by Real Madrid come Sunday’s game.

However, Carvajal not returning to training and Vazquez remaining sidelined means that Los Blancos will be without a natural right-back. It must be noted that Castilla youngster Vinicius Tobias also did not train with the first team today.

It could mean that Ancelotti will likely turn to Nacho or Eder Militao once again to occupy the right-back position against Athletic Club tomorrow.

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‘Give everything to win’ – Real Madrid UCL hero ready for Barcelona challenge

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Andriy Lunin was Real Madrid’s main protagonist in the club’s narrow win over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Lunin is going to be in focus once again as Real Madrid brace themselves for another important encounter against Barcelona.

Speaking ahead of this crucial tie, Lunin talked about how Real Madrid will put the title race to an end if they can secure a win over Barça.

Lunin on Barcelona – Real Madrid clash

“It is clear that Clásico is a very important match. We are all clear that winning this Sunday can almost solve the League,” Lunin told TVE (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“We have prepared ourselves in the best possible way to take three points, which are very important.”

Real Madrid are indeed heading into this game with a solid eight-point lead over Barcelona in the league table.

A win this evening could help them extend that gap to 11 points, effectively ruling Barça out of the title race.

Lunin is focused ahead of the Barcelona tie (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid have attained an excellent record against Barcelona of late. Lunin, though, believes past encounters do not matter in a Clasico.

“In a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona the things that have happened are forgotten and everyone is concentrating,” the Ukrainian added.

Lunin went on to talk about Real Madrid’s gruelling schedule, with the Spanish giants coming on the back of a 120-minute encounter against Man City.

“It is true that last stretch of the season is very demanding. The team played 120 minutes in Manchester, it was good to suffer and overcome difficulties. Now we have Barça at home, with our people and we have no choice but to give everything to win,” he said.

Lunin also talked about his watered-down celebration following his penalty heroics against Man City, adding, “I am a quiet and rather shy person, but within me, I had tremendous joy. I already said after the game that I was the happiest person in the world.”

Finally, the goalkeeper was asked about his future at Real Madrid, with his current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expiring in 2025.

“Real Madrid has been a dream since I was little, but now it is time for the most important games of the season and we have to be focused because we have to get the best result from what we have left. Then we will talk about the papers (contract) and other things,” he concluded.

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