Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois officially retires from Euro 2024
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois officially retires from Euro 2024 due to an injury to his left knee. It happened during Real Madrid's training session in August 2023.
2024/02/19 Author: V9Bet

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois officially retires from Euro 2024

Belgian National Team goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has officially confirmed that he will not participate in Euro 2024 due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee. This injury occurred during a training session of Real Madrid Club in August 2023.

Thibaut Courtois does not want to take risks after his injury

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has confirmed that he will not participate in Euro 2024 because he does not want to take risks after nearly a year of treatment for a ligament injury.


Thibaut Courtois does not want to take risks after his injury

"I will not participate in Euro 2024 because of injury," Courtois told Belgian TV channel Sporza on December 19. "First of all, I need to fully recover from the injury and cannot give a specific date for my return. If I'm lucky, I can return to play in May. However, after that, I won't Ready for a big tournament".

Cause of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' injury

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was injured in pre-season when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a training session with Real Madrid in August and had to have surgery.


Cause of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' injury

  • The Belgian goalkeeper said the recovery process is going according to plan, even a little better than expected. He has been able to learn to walk again for the past week without any problems, but it is important to be patient.
  • 31-year-old goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois revealed that Real Madrid wants him to fully recover, instead of trying to return too early and at risk. "I don't want to betray that trust," Courtois shared. "So if I don't have time to play any matches this season, that's okay."
  • The Euro 2024 finals take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14, with 24 teams divided into six groups, each group has four teams. Teams compete in a round robin, score points, then select the top two teams from each group and the four third-placed teams with the best records to enter the 1/8 The qualifying match will take place on March 21 and March 26, to determine the final three spots for the tournament. Belgium is placed in Group E with Slovakia and Romania.

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Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois expressed deep disappointment

In an interview with Sporza, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois confirmed that he will not attend Euro 2024 because he does not want to take risks after nearly a year of treatment for a ligament injury. He shared: "Because of my injury, I will not attend Euro 2024. First of all, I must fully recover from my injury and there is no specific return date. If I'm lucky, I can play in May." . But then, you can't be ready for the big tournament."


The goalkeeper expressed deep disappointment.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois apologized for his sudden departure

Courtois also apologized for suddenly leaving the Belgian team during the training camp in June 2023. He denied information that this decision was related to not being given the captaincy by coach Domenico Tedesco in the match against Austria, his 100th match for Belgium. Courtois said: "If I left the team just because of the captaincy, I would have left in March, when Kevin de Bruyne was selected."

Courtois publicly criticized Tedesco

> He continued to criticize Tedesco for the way he handled the Belgian captaincy issue and said he did not receive the same respect in the team as he did at Real Madrid. He shared: "Tedesco gave me seven different versions of why he became captain. Each time it was different. He didn't try to find a solution, just threatened to tell the press everything. Tedesco threatened, pressured me not to leave. That was a private conversation. He violated the trust between player and coach."

Courtois also expressed his dissatisfaction with coach Tedesco

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois continued to speak out before Tedesco's statement, expressing his dissatisfaction with the coach making everything public to the media. He said: "Very few coaches would say that to the press.
Tedesco says he's being honest, but that's not true. Once again, I was wrong to leave the team, but as a coach, he should try to keep an important player, instead of using me as an example. Tedesco wants to attack me. The stories leaked to the press later were also from him."
Finally, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said he lost confidence, but still left open the possibility of returning to the team in the future.

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