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Injured Real Madrid prodigy could start thinking about rejoining training soon

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After a close race with arch-rivals FC Barcelona, Real Madrid signed Arda Guler from Fenerbahce in a deal worth €20 million last month.

The Turkish phenom is regarded as one of football’s brightest upcoming talents and started his career at Real Madrid on the right foot.

Guler displayed an excellent level of training and was even pushing for a starting spot in the pre-season tour. Unfortunately, an untimely injury saw his progress halted and his debut delayed.

Subsequent tests revealed a tear to the meniscus of his right knee and the player was expected to be out of action for close to two months.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana (h/t Madrid Xtra), Guler could start thinking about rejoining training soon if he continues without pain during the week.

The 18-year-old prodigy completed the first round of his treatment earlier this week and the feelings are positive after that. And if things go well over the coming week, there is a chance that a return to training might be sooner than anticipated.

A surgical angle considered

However, one would expect the club to be cautious with his return to the field to avoid aggravating the lesion.

The youngster’s possible return to training comes as music to the ears of the Real Madrid administration.

A difficult start for Guler. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

After all, it was not too long ago that they considered the possibility of taking the player under the blade if his pain did not resolve in two months.

On that front, the Merengues could opt for resection of the affected part or a surgical suturing of the torn meniscus. In either case, the player would be out for an additional few months at least.

A cautious approach

Given that a meniscal tear is a more serious affection when compared to the regular muscular setbacks, it will be critical for Los Blancos to ensure that they do not rush Guler back into training or the squad.

At 18 years of age, the youngster has his whole career ahead of him and it is vital that he recovers in the best way possible.

Carlo Ancelotti has no shortage of options in the attacking midfield, with Jude Bellingham appearing to be a guaranteed starter in the role now.

The goal with the Turkish star, thus, will be to gradually increase the load on his knee and hope for a complete recovery.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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