Thibaut Courtois provides Euro 2024 injury update

  • Courtois suffered an ACL tear before the start of the 2023/24 season
  • The goalkeeper underwent surgery on his knee
  • He has confirmed he will miss Euro 2024
Courtois has discussed his injury
Courtois has discussed his injury / Omar Vega/GettyImages

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has confirmed that he will not feature for Belgium at Euro 2024 due to an ACL injury.

The Real Madrid number one suffered the ACL tear during training on the eve of the 2023/24 season, being forced to undergo surgery in order to repair the damage to his knee. Due to said injury, Los Blanos were forced to dip into the transfer market in order to a replacement for the campaign, bringing Kepa Arrizabalaga in on loan from Chelsea.

As well as missing the rest of the current season, in an interview with Sporza, Courtois has now also confirmed that he will also be unable to take part in Euro 2024 with Belgium too:

"Due to the injury, there will be no for me anyway. If I'm lucky, I can play another match in May. But then you can never be 100 per cent ready for a big tournament."

Courtois had been involved in controversy during qualification for the tournament in Germany next summer, with the goalkeeper reportedly falling out with manager Domenico Tedesco over the decision not to award him the captain's armband for his 100th appearance for the national team in a game against Austria.

Thibaut Courtois
Out injured / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

The veteran goalkeeper has discussed the incident, stating that Tedesco had 'breached the trust' between the pair:

 "Look, if my departure was purely about the captaincy, I would have already resigned in March [when Tedesco chose De Bruyne as captain]. Kevin as captain? No problem. But then you had Romelu [Lukaku] and I as vice-captains without hierarchy.

"When he said that Romelu was captain against Austria and I was captain against Estonia on Tuesday, something snapped inside me. I couldn’t handle it anymore. The fact that I no longer felt appreciation from the federation and trainer made something explode within me. The coach made no effort to find a solution but simply said he would tell the press everything. He wanted to pressure me not to leave and threaten me.

“That is simply not possible, because it was a private conversation. Then there is a breach of trust between the player and the coach. Tedesco wanted to launch an attack on me, one he announced the day before. Go ahead, I thought - something like that doesn't help and creates a breach of trust. Moreover, things were leaked to the press the next day, which I know came from his side."