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Thibaut Courtois to undergo surgery after latest injury; could be out for seven weeks



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Earlier today, Real Madrid were dealt yet another injury blow as Thibaut Courtois, on the road to recovery from his ACL rupture, suffered a fresh knee injury.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper, who has not played even once this season, was on his way to return at the end of the month after the international break.

However, the goalkeeper suffered from a torn meniscus in his right knee during training today, leaving the pitch in tears.

Early signs indicated a serious injury after he felt a ‘crack’ while training, but scans showed that the issue was not as grave as initially feared.

However, now, Mario Cortegana reports that Courtois will be undergoing surgery to address his latest knee injury.

The good news is that the procedure will not be as complicated as the one he underwent last year to treat his ACL rupture.

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Injured again. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The operation will be carried out more with the purpose of cleaning the affected area, the report adds.

“He had his meniscus stitched then [in 2015] and the suture (row of stitches) has now ruptured,” a source close to the player said to The Athletic.

More details are expected in the days to come, although as things stand, Courtois’ season is as good as over.

The report suggests that the Belgian shot-stopper could be sidelined for seven weeks, meaning he could recover towards the start of May.

Real Madrid play their final La Liga game on May 26 while the UEFA Champions League final is scheduled to be played on June 1.

So, it remains to be seen whether Los Blancos consider having Courtois back in the final phase of the season or let him recover and prepare for the next season.

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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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