The Red Devils had to miss some absolute key players in the last international matches. Both Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois dropped out in the summer with serious injuries and were told that they would have to remain sidelined for months.
De Bruyne recently announced that his recovery is going well, but that he does not yet want to set a date for a possible return. Now there is also news about the condition of Thibaut Courtois. The goalkeeper tore his cruciate ligaments during training at Real Madrid in July.
Ancelotti talks about Courtois’ return
At his press conference ahead of the Champions League match against Braga, Carlo Ancelotti gave a clear hint about a possible return of Courtois. The trainer was asked whether he would enter the transfer market in January.
“I think there will be no movement for us in January,” Ancelotti replied. “Because we will recover our injured before the end of the season.”
Courtois back before the end of the season
Ancelotti is therefore certain that we will see Courtois in action this season. That is also good news for the Red Devils, because it means that the final piece will certainly be ready for the European Championship. Although the pieces will first have to be put together with national coach Tedesco, after the fuss surrounding the captaincy in June.
Courtois’ first task after his return will be to regain his starting place at Real. In the summer, Real brought in a new goalkeeper with Kepa to make up for his absence. The Spaniard is only rented from Chelsea and will in principle return to England in the summer.