‘Here We Go’ Romano Confirms “Real gatekeeper Courtois suffers meniscus damage

Real Madrid defender Thibaut Courtois has been struggling with a knee injury this season. 

“Courtois suffered a right meniscus injury in training,” European soccer transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano said on Tuesday (ET). He will be out of the squad for two months.” 

Courtois is a Belgian goalkeeper. He made his debut with KRC Heinke and went on to play for Atletico Madrid and Chelsea before becoming Real’s first-choice goalkeeper. He has won league titles at every club he has played for and has won the Golden Glove and FIFA World Goalkeeper of the Year with the Belgium national team, leading them to a third-place finish at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. 

In 2011, Courtois joined a big club, signing a five-year contract with Chelsea. He was touted as a long-term replacement for Petr Cech. After joining Chelsea, Courtois immediately went on loan to ATM. He spent the next three seasons with ATM, winning the UEFA Europa League and finishing runner-up in the Champions League. 

Returning to Chelsea ahead of the 2014-15 season, Courtois cemented his place in the first-team, helping the Blues win the English Premier League (EPL) title with 35 clean sheets in 39 games, and also won the league title in 2016-17. After winning the FA Cup in the 2017-18 season, Courtois chose to move to Real for a new challenge. 

Today, Courtois has played 230 games for Real, making 219 appearances, conceding 219 goals and keeping 91 clean sheets. His best season since joining Real came in 2021-22. He helped them win the UEFA Champions League with 46 clean sheets in 52 games. He was also named to the UEFA Champions League Team of the Year after being named Man of the Match in the final against Liverpool. 

This season, however, Courtois has been plagued by injuries. In August, during training ahead of the start of the season, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and underwent surgery. He was ruled out for at least the first half of the season, and was only able to return at the end of the second half at the earliest. Real eventually signed Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to replace Courtois. 

Courtois recently returned to training. On March 22, Courtois returned to training with the team for the first time in six months, a remarkably quick return for an anterior cruciate ligament tear. An anterior cruciate ligament tear can take at least six months and up to a year to heal. According to Romano, Courtois’ return was expected to be after the March A-match period. 

However, injury struck again recently. On March 19, he left training in tears due to an injury, which local reports said was a meniscus injury in his right knee. He is expected to be out for around six to seven weeks and Real’s medical staff are currently mulling over whether to operate. 

Real have an emergency. He was set to be tested ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals against Manchester City with a possible return to action against Athletic Bilbao on January 1, but now faces a season-long ban. Courtois was a key part of the team that defeated City in the quarterfinals of the 2021-22 season. 

For now, Real will have to make do with Kepa and Andre Lunin for the rest of the season. Real have already won the title this season with these two goalkeepers. They”re at the top of the Supercopa de España. In La Liga, they are also in first place with 22 wins, 6 draws, 1 loss, and 72 points. Nevertheless, the void left by Courtois will be huge. 


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