Real Madrid to loose top star for a month with injury
Real Madrid are reportedly worried that Thibaut Courtois could miss up to a month of action after suffering an injury on international duty.
Courtois, 30, picked up a knock during Belgium’s 3-0 win over Sweden on Friday in the opening game of their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.
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The Real Madrid stopper managed to play the full 90 minutes in what was the first game of the Domenico Tedesco-era as the Red Devils look to begin a new cycle following their disastrous World Cup campaign.
But Courtois left the national team camp on Sunday in a precautionary move after straining an adductor muscle, according to the Belgian FA.
And, as per Spanish outlet Sport, Real now fear the injury could keep Courtois – who will subsequently miss Belgium’s friendly with Germany on Tuesday – out for between three to four weeks.
If the worst case scenario was to come true, this would rule the Belgian keeper out of a crunch run of games for the Spanish giants.
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Although Carlo Ancelotti’s side are effectively out of the title race in LaLiga having gone 12 points behind Barcelona after they lost 2-1 in El Classico prior to the international break, Los Blancos face the Catalan giants in the second leg of the Copa Del Rey semi-final after losing the first leg 1-0.
Similarly, during the time period Courtois is expected to miss, Real also have both legs of their Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea – the keeper’s former club.
In total, the Spanish side face six games in their next 18 games and the injury has reportedly set alarm bells off at the club, with worries over the impact it could have on their season.
Courtois returned to Madrid on Sunday and is expected to undergo the relevant medical tests on Monday to find out the full extent of the injury.
It is the Belgian’s third injury of the season and he is likely to be replaced by back-up stopper Andriy Lunin.
Ancelotti’s side return to action on Sunday with a LaLiga fixture at home against Real Valladolid, before the all important second leg of the Copa Del Rey semi-final against Barcelona on April 5.