Real Madrid could discard penalty hero Lunin as Courtois returns from season-long injury

Thibaut Courtois and Andriy Lunin (Imago)

Real Madrid could discard penalty hero Lunin as Courtois returns from season-long injury

Ayoola Kelechi 22:53 - 25.04.2024

Real Madrid's first choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is set to make a long-awaited return to action

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has provided an update on the goalkeeping situation at the club, hinting at the return of Thibaut Courtois after a season-long injury and the potential implications for current stand-in Andriy Lunin.

Courtois' Imminent Return

Thibaut Courtois, the Belgian shot-stopper, is on the verge of making his long-awaited return to action for Real Madrid. Ancelotti confirmed that Courtois has made a full recovery from two knee injuries and is set to be available for selection next week.

In Courtois' absence, Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin has stepped up admirably, establishing himself as the first-choice keeper ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga. Lunin's standout moment came in the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City, where he played a pivotal role in Real Madrid's victory, particularly during the penalty shootout.

Courtois' Return to Starting XI

Despite Lunin's impressive performances, Courtois, widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, is expected to reclaim his starting position upon his return. Courtois' experience and quality make him a formidable presence between the posts, especially with crucial LaLiga and Champions League fixtures on the horizon.

Real Madrid's recent 3-2 comeback win against Barcelona has further bolstered their confidence as they continue their pursuit of the LaLiga title. With an 11-point lead over second-placed Barcelona and six games remaining, Real Madrid are in a strong position to secure their 36th Spanish title.

Focus on Immediate Objectives

Ancelotti emphasised the importance of maintaining focus and momentum in the final stretch of the season. Real Madrid are determined to secure victory in their upcoming fixtures, with the aim of clinching the league title as soon as possible.

Despite challenges such as injuries and illnesses affecting some key players, Ancelotti remains optimistic about his team's prospects and their ability to achieve their objectives.

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