Real Madrid goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been sidelined for up to three weeks due to a muscle injury sustained during a warmup session on Wednesday with Andriy Lunin taking his place.
The Spain international, currently on loan from Chelsea, was unable to participate in his team’s Champions League match against Braga due to the issue.
Following scans conducted on Thursday, it was confirmed that Kepa suffered an abductor muscle injury, and he is expected to be out of action for a period ranging from two to three weeks, according to reports from Sport.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, a crucial player for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid in the absence of the injured Thibaut Courtois, has maintained an impressive record with six clean sheets in his 13 appearances for the Spanish giants. Kepa will now be replaced by Andriy Lunin.
However, his recent injury during warmup led to Ukraine international Andriy Lunin taking his place in the Champions League match against Braga.
Lunin, 24, made a significant impact in the game, saving a penalty just four minutes in and making three more crucial stops as Real Madrid secured a 3-0 victory.
“It is not easy to enter at the last minute, but you have to be prepared,” Lunin said after the game. “When it’s your turn, you have to do what you know. There is not much to tell about the penalty. I want to thank the goalkeeping coach for his help. It is a save for both of us.”