As Real Madrid get set to take on Cadiz this weekend after the international break, they will be without a plethora of first-team regulars for the game.
For starters, Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Arda Guler have been out injured from well before the current international break and will miss the match.
Eduardo Camavinga and Vinicius Jr. suffered injuries last week and are also expected to be out until 2024.
Kepa ruled out as well
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is also ruled out of the weekend’s clash against Cadiz.
The 29-year-old Chelsea loanee suffered an injury during warm-up prior to the match against SC Braga and went on to miss that game along with the subsequent La Liga fixture vs Valencia.
The idea was that Kepa would recover over the course of the international break and be ready and available to face Cadiz this weekend.
However, that is not how things have panned out as the goalkeeper is still recovering from his injury and is not expected to be ready in time for the upcoming game.
Bellingham, Ceballos still doubts
Meanwhile, the report adds that the midfield duo of Jude Bellingham and Dani Ceballos still remain doubts for the clash against Cadiz.
Bellingham is recovering from a shoulder issue and has been doing some training with the team this week.
However, the report states that he is still feeling some discomfort in his shoulder, casting questions over his availability, even though he is eager to get back on the pitch.
As for Ceballos, he is in the final stage of recovery from what is his second injury of the season already. And with five days left before the Cadiz clash, it is still unclear if he will be available or not.
Real Madrid, for their part, are doing their best to recover the two midfielders for the game, especially with Vinicius, Camavinga, and Tchouameni also unavailable.
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.