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Thibaut Courtois

Andriy Lunin has been hit with the flu at the worst possible time and this has put Thibaut Courtois in contention to play in the Champions League final this coming weekend.

Real Madrid head to Wembley to face Borussia Dortmund in a historic 18th European top-flight appearance and their No 1 spot is the most discussed right now.

Courtois’ major injury at the start of the season pushed Lunin up the pecking order but the 25-year-old has been in superb form over the 31 games he’s played so far. A UCL final appearance was supposed to be the reward for all his hard work, but Lunin has been hit with the flu and he is going to miss out.

The Ukrainian international has not trained with the rest of the squad and according to Arancha Rodríguez of COPE, Andriy Lunin will travel alone to London to avoid any contamination. Taking him to England is just a hope against hope but if his test on Thursday does not come out great then Lunin might be left in Spain as well.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that it’s Thibaut Courtois who is in line to start in front of goal and while Lunin still has an outside chance, it’s hard to see his name in the starting XI on Saturday.

Will Borussia Dortmund target Thibaut Courtois?

An ACL tear followed by a meniscus tear forced the 32-year-old to miss as many as 48 games this season and he returned to action just a few weeks ago. This season, he’s played just four La Liga games and all these matches have come in the previous two weeks.

He has gotten some much-needed game time before the Champions League final but it will be a major surprise if Dortmund don’t have specific plans to trouble him.

Last season, Thibaut Courtois played in 49 games across all competitions for Madrid and over the years, he’s been one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. However, he will be majorly rusty going into Saturday’s crunch game and Terzic will definitely ask his players to test him out with a few early shots and ruff him up during corners.

He is not only a great shot-stopper but Courtois is also superb with the ball at his feet. However, both these attributes are linked with confidence and regular game time and the 32-year-old is lacking in both departments.

Andriy Lunin in goal would have given the Real Madrid manager a lot more confidence but Thibaut Courtois is no novice keeper and the two-time EPL winner and one-time UCL winner will have to stand up and show his worth.