Real Madrid’s number one goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligaments just 48 hours before the start of the new La Liga season.
Courtois, 31, reportedly left training in tears after suffering the injury earlier today ahead of Saturday’s tricky-looking opener at Athletic Bilbao.
Thibaut Courtois ruptures ACL
In an official statement published on the club’s website, Real Madrid stated, “After the tests carried out on our player Thibaut Courtois, he’s been diagnosed with a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee. The player will undergo surgery in the coming days.”
Due to the severity of the injury, it is extremely unlikely that the Belgian number one will appear at all this season for Los Blancos with news outlet madridistaReal reporting the Spanish giants are considering signing former Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea as a free agent on a short-term deal to cover in Courtois’ absence.
🚨💣 David De Gea podría llegar LIBRE al Real Madrid. pic.twitter.com/V7qsPjv30s
— madridistaReal (@RMadridistaReal) August 10, 2023
De Gea and Real Madrid have unfinished business after the Spaniard was set to sign for the Meringues back in 2015 on transfer deadline day but a potential move collapsed after United failed to submit the necessary paperwork in time before the cut-off for transfers in Spain.