As per the latest updates from Jose Luis Sanchez, Real Madrid superstar Thibaut Courtois has been ruled out of the upcoming UEFA Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Belgian shot-stopper missed the La Liga encounter against CA Osasuna on Sunday night due to an injury, but manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted that the issue was not serious. However, he had expressed doubts over whether his first-choice goalkeeper will be ready in time for the midweek game.
And now, as per the update from the aforementioned journalist, it seems like Courtois has been definitively ruled out of the encounter against the Ukrainian giants on Wednesday night.
Courtois has grown into one of Real Madrid’s most pivotal players and not having him available for selection for important games such as the UCL encounter on Wednesday will certainly be a blow.
Journalist Sergi Valentin states that there is no exact timeline for his recovery at this point. But there is hope that the former Chelsea star will return to full fitness in time for the first El Clasico of the season which will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu on October 16.
But, ahead of the Shakhtar Donetsk game, there could be more injury woes for Ancelotti as AS has reported that midfielder Eduardo Camavinga did not train with the rest of the team earlier today and did only some indoor work.
The teenager could have stood to gain some minutes in the upcoming game as the manager would be looking to protect the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos for the huge encounter against Barcelona.
However, Camavinga’s involvement has now been cast into doubt due to his non-participation in team training with the rest of the squad.
But there is some good news though as Modric, who had returned with a minor injury from the international break, trained with the group as expected. Lucas Vazquez, too, was seen going through the session, which will be a boost for Los Blancos.
Official: Hazard, Courtois crash out of World Cup, Modric’s Croatia through to the knockouts
After a tightly-contested affair that ended in a goalless draw against Croatia, Eden Hazard’s Belgium are out of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Luka Modric’s team, however, have made it through to the Round of 16, finishing second in Group F.
The Belgian Red Devils had looked sub-par throughout the tournament even though they had managed to pick up a narrow win over Canada in their opening fixture. But the 2-0 loss to Morocco last time out put them under intense pressure.
Needing a win to stand a chance to qualify, especially with Morocco getting the better of Canada in the other Group F match, Belgium could not get the job done.
In a brave call, Roberto Martinez opted to drop Hazard from the starting XI. His Real Madrid teammate, Thibaut Courtois, did brilliantly to keep Belgium alive in the match, pulling off several clutch saves.
However, at the other end, Romelu Lukaku missed three sitters after coming on at half-time, as the match ended in a goalless draw. Hazard, who came on as a substitute in the latter stages of the game, could do little to change things.
While the Real Madrid duo’s journey in Qatar comes to an end, another Los Blancos star goes through to the knockouts as Modric and Croatia advance again. Having drawn against Morocco in their opener, the Vatreni had beaten Canada resoundingly to put themselves in a good position.
But a loss would have sent them out. However, the team managed to pull through and hold things together. Special mention for Josko Gvardiol who had a top game against Belgium to help Croatia go through.
This Belgium side, considered the ‘Golden Generation’, had advanced to the semi-finals of the last World Cup. But things have been rocky for them for a while now, with recent reports of infighting within the squad only adding fuel to that.
Eventually, Hazard, Courtois & co. are out, while Modric will lead Croatia into the Round of 16.