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Official: Real Madrid superstar suffers fresh injury setback, could be out for the season

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In a major blow, Real Madrid superstar Thibaut Courtois has suffered a fresh knee injury just when he was close to returning from the ACL rupture he had sustained before the season started.

Confirming the update, Real Madrid issued an official statement that read: “After the tests carried out today on our player Thibaut Courtois, he has been diagnosed with a torn internal meniscus in his right knee. 

“The injury occurred during today’s training session. Evolution pending.”

Courtois had injured his ACL a few days before the 2023/24 campaign started and has not played a single game so far this term.

Fresh setback

The Belgian superstar, though, had made tremendous progress in his recovery and had resumed light training with the team over the past week or so.

In fact, manager Carlo Ancelotti was expecting to have the goalkeeper back available after the international break.

MARCA reports that Courtois left today’s training session in tears after the injury and there is maximum concern within Real Madrid regarding the issue.

The scare was huge, but the first scans, despite the bad news, ruled out an injury like the one he suffered at the start of the season.

Given the nature of the injury, it could mean that Courtois will bid goodbye to any hopes of playing this season as the option of surgery is being considered.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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