Real Madrid have been dealt an injury blow after their goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois picked up an injury while on international duty with Belgium national football team.
Thibaut Courtois was named in the Belgium squad for their UEFA EURO Qualifiers matches during the March international break. He featured for Belgium in their 3-0 win over Sweden to get their UEFA EURO Qualifiers campaign off to a winning start.
However, Belgium have confirmed that Thibaut Courtois has returned back to Real Madrid for precautionary reasons due to a minor strain in his adductor. The injury to Courtois is a blow for Real Madrid, given he is a key player for the team and that they are now in the last stretch of the season.
Thibaut Courtois’ strain in the adductor is said to be ‘minor’ and Real Madrid will be hoping the goalkeeper can recover full fitness in time for their games after the March international break.
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Thibaut Courtois is Real Madrid’s first-choice goalkeeper. The Belgian international has featured regularly for Real Madrid in the ongoing 22/23 campaign. He has appeared in 32 games across all competitions for Real Madrid so far this season. He would have probably made more appearances had he not had spells on the sidelines due to injuries.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid remains in contention for La Liga, Copa del Rey, and Champions League titles this season. In La Liga, they stand little chance as Barcelona have a 12-point lead over Real Madrid.
Real Madrid are the defending La Liga champions, but they will need Barcelona to bottle a 12-point lead if they are to defend the title. In the Copa del Rey, Real Madrid have reached the semi-finals. They have also already played the first leg of the semi-final, but suffered a 1-0 defeat to Barcelona.
Real Madrid have to turn the tie around in the Copa del Rey second leg if they are to progress to the final of the competition.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Real Madrid, who are the defending Champions League winners, will take on Chelsea in the quarter-final.
Real Madrid will resume their campaign after the March international break with a La Liga match against Real Valladolid.
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