Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois left Real Madrid training on a stretcher, and is now set to miss action for a long time.
The Belgian is said to have suffered a serious knee injury as he gestured in pain after the incident.
Real Madrid have officially confirmed that Courtois has torn his ACL and could be ruled out for several months.
A club statement reads: “After the tests carried out on our player Thibaut Courtois, he has been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The player will undergo surgery in the coming days.”
Real Madrid are in the market for a new goalkeeper to replace Courtois.
There’s Andriy Lunin as backup goalkeeper, but with Courtois set to be out for a long time, Real Madrid may now look for safe hands somewhere else.
Reports are now linking Real Madrid with David De Gea, who is available as a free agent following his exit from Manchester United this summer.
Real are also monitoring the situation on Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Interestingly, Real Madrid had been linked with De Gea in the past, but United refused to sell the Spaniard. Real will go on to sign Courtois from Chelsea in 2018.
De Gea left Old Trafford in July after 12 seasons at United having made 545 appearances – the most by any goalkeeper in the club’s history.
The 31-year-old also broke Peter Schmeichel’s United record for clean sheets last season and departed with a total of 190 shut-outs in all competitions.