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Official: Thibaut Courtois picks up injury, will be ready for Real Madrid vs Barcelona



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After a slow start to the season, Karim Benzema picked up an injury against Celtic in the Champions League, ruling him out for nearly a month. The Frenchman missed games against Mallorca, RB Leipzig, and Atletico Madrid; all of which Madrid won.

However, the Frenchman has been included in the squad list for the game against Osasuna tonight, which is obviously a huge boost for Los Blancos.

Just when they thought they are slowly getting their best team back on the pitch, Thibaut Courtois has picked up an injury, officially confirmed by Real Madrid.

“After the tests carries out on Thibaut Courtois, he has been diagnosed with left sciatica”, the medical report read.

Sciatica is the pain caused when the nerve running down from your lower back to your feet – sciatica – is irritated or compressed.

Naturally, his recovery will determine the length of his injury, but reports from COPE say that the player is expected to have recovered in time for El Clasico two weeks later.

As for today, Andriy Lunin will likely take Courtois’ place in goal. The Ukrainian kept two clean sheets during the international break, and was extremely reliable when called upon last season.

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Brazilian national team ‘dreaming’ of working with Ancelotti – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, the Brazilian national team are ‘dreaming’ of appointing Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager.

The Selecao decided to part ways with Tite after the team underdelivered in the FIFA World Cup 2022. Ramon Menezes has taken charge of the senior team for the time being until a permanent appointment is made.

And, the Brazil Football Confederation is clear about who their preferred target is. Ancelotti has been heavily linked with the South American nation in recent months and comments from players like Ederson, Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr have only served to further fuel the rumours.

Now, Romano is claiming that Brazil dream of naming Ancelotti as their manager and are hoping that he will be parting ways with Real Madrid at the end of the season.

As far as the situation at the club is concerned, Romano states that Real Madrid are working hard to protect Ancelotti from external pressure as they want him to remain focused on winning the UEFA Champions League this season.

The Italian tactician remains in 100% control of the team at the moment and the club are trying to shield him from external factors.

However, at the same time, trophies are a must at a club of this stature and hence, Romano adds that Real Madrid have a potential list of candidates to take over.

Thomas Tuchel was among the names on the list, but has signed for Bayern Munich. Raul Gonzalez, currently in charge of the Castilla team, is also being looked at along with former Tottenham and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino.

As of now, Ancelotti remains in control of things at Real Madrid and any decision on his future will only be made at the end of the season. And, Brazil are lying in wait to pounce if an opportunity to sign the Italian manager presents itself.

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