Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has, on Friday evening, provided an update on the fitness of a key member of the club’s squad.
The player in question? Thibaut Courtois.
The subject of the wellbeing of shot-stopper Courtois has of course taken its place front and centre in the headlines at the Bernabeu ahead of the coming weekend.
This comes with the status of Real’s no.1 for Sunday’s highly-anticipated Clasico showdown having been long remained up in the air.
Spanish football’s two biggest clubs are set to renew rivalries at the Bernabeu in less than 48 hours’ time, locked on points at the La Liga summit.
In turn, though Andriy Lunin has done an altogether admirable job in his absence, Courtois, sidelined with a back issue, missing out against Barcelona would mark a major blow.
Reports in the early hours of Friday had pointed towards as much being a foregone conclusion, with a host of Spain’s most reputable outlets having assured that the Belgian had failed to recover in time.
Speaking this evening, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of Courtois’ wellbeing was put to Carlo Ancelotti.
And the Blancos boss, albeit whilst assuring that his no.1 won’t be risked if not fully fit, sparked hope across the club’s fanbase in explaining that:
“Courtois trained today, he felt good and tomorrow they will have another test.”