Carlo Ancelotti, the manager of Real Madrid, has vowed to name a new starting custodian shortly after Kepa Arrizabalaga has finalised his transfer to the team
Thibaut Courtois, who is expected to miss the majority of the current season after suffering a significant knee injury that required surgery earlier this week, was replaced by Kepa, who was signed on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
The second game of the season for Madrid is scheduled for this Saturday against Almeria, and while Ancelotti was adamant about his choice of goalkeeper for this particular game, he left the door open to a change moving forward.
Just a few days prior to Courtois’ injury, prominent center-back Eder Militao experienced a similar issue. Ancelotti supported Castilla center-back Marvel to help cover for Militao in defence while a new goalkeeper was brought in to provide coverage in net.
Pep Guardiola of Manchester City accused FIFA and UEFA for putting players at risk with a packed schedule when catastrophic injuries seemed to be occurring more frequently recently, but Ancelotti believed the cause may not be as malevolent as Guardiola claimed.
It’s challenging to determine the root problem, he said. We have a lot of things to assess, and we are doing so. In terms of strength, Courtois and Militao were both in excellent condition. There were no red flags in that regard. Although there may occasionally be a slight imbalance in a player’s strength, none of the data we analysed indicated anything suspicious. Simply put, they’ve had poor luck together.
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