Thibaut Courtois is a major doubt for the City game

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is a major doubt for the side’s next two games including the return leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie against Manchester City at the Etihad due to an adductor injury in his left leg.

Courtois left the Benito Villamarin Stadium limping after the 2:1 loss to Real Betis on Sunday and is now awaiting results of tests to ascertain the severity of the injury. Meanwhile, sources have revealed that they are not optimistic about the outcome.

The Belgian shot-stopper played the game wearing a bandage after he experienced discomfort in the same area during last week’s training. He was still in pain on Monday and it is unlikely that he will be fit for Friday’s La Liga game against Eibar at the Bernabeu.

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He is also a major doubt for the UCL game where the Los Blancos must overturn the 2:1 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Premier League champions at the Bernabeu some weeks back.

Thibaut Courtois has been key to Madrid’s successes this season and has also played a major part in the side’s improved defensive record in recent months as he is in his best of form since joining from Chelsea in 2018.

It is likely that reserve goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on loan from Paris Saint-Germain would start in his absence having failed to impress in the three league games he has been handed thus far since joining in November. This should be a major concern for Zinedine Zidane.

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