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29-year-old Real Madrid star ruled out for Cadiz clash, Bellingham still a doubt

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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

Still a doubt. (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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Real Madrid youngster to have a more prominent role next season – report

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In a recent report by Manu de Juan in AS, it has been revealed that Arda Guler is expected to play a significant role for Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid next season, despite ongoing rumours connecting him to Liverpool

Currently, Carlo Ancelotti has five key players listed on the club’s official website: Kylian Mbappe, Vinícius Jr, Rodrygo, Brahim Diaz, and Endrick. However, Guler is an additional player who is likely to make a substantial impact next season.

In fact, it is said that the Turkish teenager is set to be Ancelotti’s versatile player for the 2024-25 season. His adaptability is a major asset as he can play in various positions, including as a central or attacking midfielder, a right winger, or even as a forward. 

His recent performance in the European Championship highlighted his capabilities, where he scored one of the tournament’s standout goals. This versatility makes him a valuable addition to the squad.

Ancelotti has clear plans for Guler

Ancelotti has indicated in the past that he sees Guler’s primary role as a forward. However, the coach is not hesitant to use him in a midfield role when needed. 

Arda Guler will have more prominence next season at Real Madrid. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

This flexibility will be crucial, especially with changes in the team’s lineup. With Toni Kroos having left and Aurelien Tchouameni expected to play more as a centre-back, there will be a need for additional midfield options.

Despite his potential, there are concerns about Guler’s physicality and his ability to cover extensive ground on the field. Ancelotti has acknowledged these limitations, noting that Guler needs to improve his defensive positioning and overall physical endurance. 

The coach has mentioned that Guler is already working on these areas, aiming to overcome these challenges.

Meanwhile, during one of the celebrations at Cibeles, Ancelotti hinted at Guler’s increased involvement in the upcoming season. He described Guler as a “very interesting boy,” suggesting that the young player will have more opportunities to showcase his skills. 

This implies that fans can expect to see a lot more of Guler in action, making him a player to watch closely in the next season.

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