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Liga: Ancelotti announces the return of Thibaut Courtois

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, injured and away from the field for almost nine months, will return to the field on Saturday during the La Liga match against Cadiz after two surgeries, his coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Friday.

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Liga: Ancelotti announces the return of Thibaut Courtois

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, injured and away from the field for almost nine months, will return to the field on Saturday during the La Liga match against Cadiz after two surgeries, his coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Friday.

“Yes, Thibaut is fine. He will play tomorrow (Saturday) after a long period of absence. (...) He can't wait to play. We are delighted to see him return” declared Ancelotti about his starting goalkeeper, absent since his rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in early August, before the start of the championship.

He should therefore play his first match of the season on Saturday (4:15 p.m.) against Cadiz at the Santiago Bernabéu, where Real, solid leader of the championship with eleven points ahead of FC Barcelona, ​​could be crowned if their Catalan rival loses or matches draw in the derby against Girona (6:30 p.m.).

On his way back in March, the 31-year-old Belgian international was stopped short by a ruptured medial meniscus in his other knee and had to undergo surgery a second time within seven months.

Also read Euro 2024: Belgium will do without Thibault Courtois for the Euro.

The ex-Chelsea player, who returned to collective training for several weeks, had just returned to the Madrid group to face Bayern Munich in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League (2-2).

Asked about a possible start for Courtois in the event of the Champions League final, Carlo Ancelotti nevertheless dodged: “The final that we have in mind is that of Wednesday against Bayern, in which Lunin will play, and then we will see”.

In 2022, Thibaut Courtois was the great architect of the fourteenth Madrid Champions League, which allowed him to assert himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

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