This season, Real Madrid has lost a number of players to major injuries. Thibaut Courtois’s injury was the team’s first major setback, though.
The team’s ambitions were severely damaged when the Belgian goalie ruptured his ACL during the preseason, forcing him to miss the entire campaign.
After undergoing surgery, he has been putting in a lot of effort to make a quick recovery. Miguel Angel Diaz (via Madrid Xtra) has good news to share about this.
A prompt comeback
The Spanish journalist said that Courtois’ recuperation is progressing more quickly than anticipated. The Belgian, who was first thought to be available only for the upcoming season, may return this year.
If all goes according to plan, Courtois will be ready should the squad get past RB Leipzig to the UCL quarterfinals. Thus, it is possible to anticipate a realistic recovery date of approximately mid-March.
The 31-year-old will obviously not be hurried. Next month, his precise return will be determined by his feelings. He is currently exercising on the grass.
Time is running out.
This season, both Kepa Arrizabalaga and Andriy Lunin have performed admirably under duress. Despite being thrown into the deep end, they have managed to stabilize the ship to a fair degree.
But as a long-term replacement for Courtois, it’s evident that neither player has made a lasting impression on the boss. Particularly Lunin had a strong opportunity to accomplish the same, yet he was nevertheless unsuccessful in several areas.
Thus, the upcoming month may be Lunin’s last opportunity to establish himself as Los Blancos’ long-term fixer. Given their strong talent and youth, Fran Gonzalez and the recently signed Illias Voloshyn are currently the front-runners.