Prior to the forthcoming El Clasico matchup against FC Barcelona, Carlo Ancelotti recently talked to the media during the pre-match news conference.
Thibaut Courtois will not be playing this weekend, according to information provided by Real Madrid’s coach.
He’s decent, but it’s true that he hasn’t trained much, is uneasy, and isn’t included, according to Ancelotti (via MARCA). He merely needs to train right now; we’ll see how things go on the following Sunday.
Due to a sciatica issue, Courtois has been absent from the field of play for a few weeks. He had missed key UEFA Champions League games against Getafe and Osasuna as well as both legs of the contest against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Courtois’ likely comeback against Barcelona this weekend was first hinted at by Ancelotti. However, rumors indicate that the Italian was deliberately playing a trick on Barcelona.
But now that the Belgian is unquestionably gone, Real Madrid will continue to use Andriy Lunin as their goalkeeper. The upcoming match against Barcelona will be the young Ukrainian’s toughest test yet. He has already appeared in four competitive games.
While Courtois might not play, Antonio Rudiger has recovered from a facial injury he sustained earlier this week, according to Ancelotti, who also confirmed that he is healthy and a contender.
Due to the absence of Ronald Araujo, Andreas Christensen, Memphis Depay, and Hector Bellerin, Barcelona is also dealing with injury issues.
For Sunday’s Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Catalans are prepared to welcome Jules Kounde back into the fold.