Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois won’t travel with squad to Club World Cup due to injury
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will not travel to the Club World Cup with the
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will not travel to the Club World Cup with the rest of his side — but could make the final if his team feature in it.
Courtois underwent tests on the injury on Monday morning. The ultrasound examination of his injury was positive. However, he still needs to undergo an MRI scan on Tuesday.
There is a chance he could be fit in time to play in the final on Saturday, if Real reach that stage.
The Belgian will not fly with the rest of the Real squad, who are due to fly out to Morocco at 7.15pm local time. He will carry out his recovery in Madrid before a decision is potentially made ahead of Saturday’s game.
Courtois sustained an injury during the pre-match warm-up ahead of Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Real Mallorca.
The goalkeeper felt a problem and stopped as a precaution before any potential injury was worsened in an attempt to carry on and participate in the match. He has not yet undergone the tests but appears to have suffered minor muscle damage.
Ukraine international Andriy Lunin started in Courtois’ place at Son Moix and could not prevent his side from falling further behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race, with an own-goal from Nacho giving Mallorca a shock victory.
Real head coach Carlo Ancelotti did not give much away on Courtois’ condition after the loss, saying: “In a long pass in the warm-up, he had a problem and we changed him. Let’s see tomorrow.”
Real are due to play Egyptian side Al Ahly in their Club World Cup semi-final on Wednesday, with the final and third-place play-off both taking place on Saturday.
Eder Militao, Eden Hazard, Lucas Vazquez and Ferland Mendy have also not travelled.
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