Real Madrid Suffer Setback As Courtois Injures In Training

On the eve of the new La Liga season, Real Madrid suffered a significant setback when goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during training on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Belgian international faces a lengthy layoff and will need surgery in the coming days, according to his club.

“Following tests carried out on Thibaut Courtois, he has been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee,” Madrid said in a statement.

The club did not indicate how long Courtois will be out, although reports in Spain believe he will be missing for the majority, if not the entire season.

According to Cadena Cope radio, Courtois was injured during a morning training session and departed in tears.

He will be replaced in the team by Ukraine’s Andriy Lunin, with Madrid set to face Athletic Bilbao in their first game of the season on Saturday.

After the 2018 World Cup, Courtois joined Real Madrid from Chelsea, where he helped the team win two La Liga titles and the 2021-22 Champions League.

The injury leaves coach Carlo Ancelotti now without two of his most reliable performers in recent times following the departure of Karim Benzema, the reigning Ballon d’Or, to Saudi Arabia.

Courtois won the Yashin trophy last year awarded to the world’s best goalkeeper.

His understudy at Madrid, the 24-year-old Lunin has played 17 times for the club since arriving the same summer as Courtois.

Belgium will also be sweating over his fitness for Euro 2024.

Courtois has 102 caps for his country but refused to make the trip to Estonia for a Euro qualifier in June after being overlooked for the stand-in captaincy.

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