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Real Madrid have suffered two long-term injuries this season, anterior cruciate ligament damages to both Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Eder Militão.

This caused a huge blow to the team at the start of the season.

The two key members of the team got injured within forty eight hours apart.

Both players have been seen at the Bernabéu during home games, with the Brazilian pictured without crutches in recent weeks.

At a sporting event in Madrid last month, Thibaut Courtois said: “The goal for this season is to play a few more matches in May.”

Good feelings around Militão

Following the injury to Militão, the first sensations were that the minimum time out will be around six months. This would mean the center back will return to full fitness in the middle or end of February.

According to Spanish media Relevo, at Real Madrid they understand that the strength and flexibility of the player are characteristics that invite thoughts about a return that is not too late.

In the best case scenario, Militão could return even before the UEFA Champions League round of 16 which should begin on March 5th or 6th.
Despite this, from the coaching staff they are clear that the player will not be forced and that, at 25 years old and with a contract until 2028, the main thing is that he recovers well and without risk of relapses.
This is the first serious mishap of his career and from the club he is invited to be patient although they want him to return as soon as possible.
Eder Militao had previously not spent more than a month on the sidelines in his career,
Should he return on the said date, Real Madrid will have received a major boost ahead of the most decisive part of the season.
He would thus be available for the entire decisive phase of the Champions League knockout rounds, La Liga and the Copa del Rey.
In his absence, the Spanish giants have still managed to improvise as best as they can.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men currently sit top of the Spanish league with 24 points after nine games, with Girona and Barcelona two and three points behind respectively.
Los Blancos also sit top of group C in the season’s UEFA Champions League.

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