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Relief for Real Madrid as all players fit to face Barcelona following concerns about key duo

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It was almost taken for granted that Real Madrid might face at least one or two fitness woes heading into this weekend’s encounter against Barcelona, especially after a gruelling 120 minutes of action against Man City in midweek.

However, with just a few days remaining before the high-octane encounter, Real Madrid have been handed a major boost.

All Real Madrid players fit to face Barcelona

According to MARCA, every Real Madrid player who was available in midweek will be able to participate in the upcoming game against Barcelona.

This comes as quite a surprise, especially given that Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Junior had left the pitch against Manchester City carrying a cramp.

Real Madrid were even sweating over the fitness of Vinicius heading into the Barça game. That is because the Brazilian could not continue the game against Man City and asked to be carried off at the 100th-minute mark.

Vinicius to be available vs Barcelona (Photo by Rafa Babot/Getty Images)

Vinicius’ substitution raised doubts over his availability against Barcelona. The same stood for Carvajal, who had to be taken off due to severe cramps.

However, as per the report, initial examinations after the Manchester City game have indicated that all the Real Madrid players who are currently available will be fit to play against Barcelona.

The report has also ruled out any injuries to Vinicius and Carvajal, meaning both players will be able to compete against Barça.

Their availability could serve as a real boost for Real Madrid, who are looking for a win that would seal the title race for good.

The Spanish giants will be heading into the Clasico with an eight-point lead over Barcelona. A win on Sunday could help them extend that lead to 11 points, thereby effectively securing the league title.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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