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Real Madrid superstar played against Man City with a triceps injury, could miss Valencia clash

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According to MARCA, Real Madrid superstar Thibaut Courtois played last night’s game against Manchester City while carrying a triceps injury. It is now expected that the Belgian international will miss the upcoming game against Valencia in La Liga.

Real Madrid were hammered 4-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, which sent them crashing out of the UEFA Champions League at the semi-final stages. And if not for Courtois, the scoreline could have been much worse for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Indeed, the Belgian was easily the best Real Madrid player on the night even though he conceded four goals, which should be an indicator of how poor the rest of the team was.

Courtois pulled off two brilliant stops to deny Erling Haaland in the first period and kept Madrid in the game, although he was let down by those around him.

Now, it has emerged that the goalkeeper played the game while carrying a small triceps tear. As per the report, Courtois picked up the injury against Getafe in La Liga last weekend and played through it at the Etihad Stadium.

While his discomfort was not really evident, there were occasions when the Real Madrid staff kept checking on Courtois during the course of the encounter.

With the La Liga title race also over, Courtois will likely be rested against Valencia so that he can recover from his injury issue.

Apart from Courtois, another Real Madrid player, Eduardo Camavinga was also no 100% fit against Manchester City last night after he too picked up an injury against Getafe.

So, it does raise the question about whether Ancelotti really needed to use his frontline players in an inconsequential league game given that Barcelona had all but won the title at that time.

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Manchester City forward rejected Real Madrid after trials – ‘Good experience, but it’s in the past’

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When Real Madrid took on Manchester City last at the Etihad Stadium, they were humbled by a 4-0 thrashing that sent them home.

The game had Manchester City written all over it as the men in blue dominated from start to finish, generating almost five times as much goal threat as Real Madrid.

The final nail in the coffin on the night was delivered by a certain Argentine sensation who had been on the field for just two minutes.

Coming on in the 89th minute, Julian Alvarez found the back of the net in the first minute of added time and secured the win for his side.

Speaking to the media ahead of his team’s second-leg clash against the Merengues, the World Cup winner revealed that he was close to signing for Real Madrid in 2011 when he was still an eleven-year-old player with no professional contract.

He played a tournament in the Real Madrid colours, impressing the administration and management and doing enough to secure a deal.

However, his dream was cut short by FIFA’s rules which implied that a player under 16 could only sign for a club if his entire family moved with him. That, however, was not an option for Alvarez’s family.

“I was there for about 20 days. I was just 11 years old. To go to Spain, all my family had to move. It’s already in the past.”

Julian Alvarez scored against Real Madrid last season. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The young striker eventually signed for River Plate where he shone across all levels to earn a move to Manchester City in 2022. He now stares at another game against the club he could have represented and is determined to give his best tomorrow.

“It was a good experience but it’s in the past. Now I’m different, I’m a professional player. If we listen to what Pep tells us to do, we are going to win,” he said on his thoughts on Real Madrid.

When asked if he would like to score tomorrow against Los Blancos, the youngster did not hesitate in admitting that it would be special for him.

“Of course, I’d love to score again. Last game I was only able to play five minutes and I scored. This time I’d love to play a bit more and of course score.”

Finally, the World Cup winner spoke on Manchester City’s goal of defending the UCL title and why it was a very demanding ask from the men in blue.

“It’s going to be hard [to retain the Champions League]. Last season was hard, this season will be hard again. But we know what we have to do and we have the things to do it again.”

“We always learn, especially winning five different competitions, we learned a lot. But we always see the next game and we always focus on winning, winning, winning the next game,” he added on the team’s approach.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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