Courtois suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury even before the start of the 2023/24 season. The Belgian international has been out for three months and is predicted to return to the field in March next year.
During his absence, Kepa Arrizabalaga has been standing in for Courtois. The Spanish goalkeeper was brought in from Chelsea on loan until the end of the season.
Courtois expresses his determination to make a swift comeback. However, he also sees a positive aspect to the lengthy injury, as it allows him more time with his family.
“After the MRI examination, they immediately knew that I had a severe injury. I was still in that room, and they told Mishel (Courtois’s wife) and the physio about my injury,” reveals the top Belgian goalkeeper to ELLE Magazine.
“When I came out, I cried. However, then you feel the love of the people, and you start thinking positively,” Courtois continues.
“You can’t go back. Mishel helped me a lot, especially in the first few months when I was very weak and had difficulty moving. Now I am working hard to come back as soon as possible and fully recover.”
“Now, I spend more time in training, but I also spend a lot of time with Mishel and my children. The good thing is that they love her a lot, so we spend a lot of time together.”
“This injury has made everything look different. I love football, and I miss it, but there are many things I love and want to do,” adds Courtois.