Belgium coach, Roberto Martínez has insisted that Thibaut Courtois is not suffering from anxiety but rather admits the shot-stopper deserves some rest to regain significant weight after stomach problems.
Real Madrid moved to dispell rumours that Courtois was suffering from an anxiety attack during the game. He missed training after the Brugge game but said on Monday that he was “recovering and read to keep training with the national team.”
However, the national team coach, Martínez rejected the idea that he was suffering from anxiety too.
“There is no problem with anxiety, he has to recover between one and a half and two kilos.
After working on the fringes of the squad during the first day of training, he returned to normal training the following day with Belgium.
If nothing happens before Thursday, he will start against San Marino and on Sunday against Kazakhstan.
The security he transmits with Belgium (0.73 goals per game and 50% of his games end in clean sheets) are in contrast to the doubts around his performances at Real Madrid (1.37 goals per game and 28% clean sheet rate).
“I am convinced that he is the best goalkeeper in the world,” said Martínez.
Another name that has come into focus in recent weeks and not for the right reasons is Eden Hazard.
He arrived at Real Madrid carrying extra weight and has struggled to shift it. Martínez defended the attacker and his physical fitness.
“His inate talent doesn’t depend on him being one weight or another. He is a person who is very calm, he isn’t a player going in search of personal glory. With or without weight, Eden can in a single moment unbalance a team and make the difference.”