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´Courtois needs time´ – Ancelotti hints Madrid keeper could miss Bayern clash despite return from in

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 7 May 2024

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Carlo Ancelotti believes Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich may come too soon for Thibaut Courtois following his recent return from injury.

The Belgium goalkeeper has missed the entire season due to a knee ligament injury, and required a further operation following a setback in March.

Courtois, who has been ruled out of Euro 2024 by Red Devils head coach Domenico Tedesco, made his first appearance of the campaign against Cadiz on Saturday, with the 31-year-old keeping a clean sheet in Madrid’s 3-0 victory.

While he has been named in Madrid’s matchday squad for the visit of Bayern, with whom they are locked at 2-2 in their gripping last-four tie, Ancelotti hinted he is likely to restore Andriy Lunin between the sticks.

“After such a big injury, you can’t change the plan because of a great performance,” the Italian said during his pre-match press conference.

“Courtois needs time now to get to his best. He had a great game, with security and confidence, against Cadiz, but he has to get to his best.”

Ancelotti also played down speculation of a rift between Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane, after the England team-mates appeared to exchange words as the Bayern striker prepared to take a penalty during last week’s first leg.

“Jude is a fantastic guy, he respects everybody, and he has a great relationship with Harry Kane,” the Madrid head coach added. “There are no problems.”

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