Real Madrid goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to start against Union Berlin in Champions League

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Kepa Arrizabalaga will return to the startling lineup in the final Champions League group stage match against Union Berlin on Tuesday.

Los Blancos lost their first-choice goalkeeper for weeks due to the Spaniard picking up an injury in the warm-up before the Champions League win over Braga. Kepa had continuous pain in his leg and an MRI scan eventually confirmed that the keeper was set for a spell on the sidelines.

In his absence, Lunin has put in some impressive performances and started the recent fixture against Real Betis even though Kepa had returned from injury. Lunin has been in fine form with his best moment revolving around that heroic penalty save against Braga after having just 15 minutes to prepare for the match.

With Kepa’s return, Ancelotti now has a selection dilemma with strong competition in the goalkeeping department. However, the 29-year-old is still considered to be Madrid’s number one and is set to play in the upcoming fixtures, starting tonight in the Champions League.

As reported by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Ancelotti believes it is unfair to leave anyone on the bench but has confirmed that Kepa will replace Lunin for the Champions League Group C clash.

He said: “It’s unfair to leave anyone on the bench, but Kepa will start tomorrow. Lunin? I can’t start everyone, unfortunately”.

Rajan Sangha | GSFN

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