Summer signing Arda Guler has had bad luck with injuries ever since joining Real Madrid in the summer.
As such, the 18-year-old is yet to make a single appearance for his new team, and a report from SPORT has mentioned that the young footballer has decided to take advantage of the international break to achieve full fitness.
The report adds that for the aforementioned, Guler has opted to travel to Istanbul for his treatment.
Injuries have plagued the young footballer consistently since his €20 million signing from Fenerbahce and currently, the prospect of the highly anticipated debut of the Turkish talent seems nearly impossible.
What’s happening with Guler?
Reports suggest that Guler travelled to Istanbul in the last few hours to undergo a medical consultation and explore new treatments in the quest for an alternative solution to finally overcome his recurrent muscle issues.
Sources from Madrid indicate that the footballer is currently grappling with a problem in his right quadriceps, necessitating an extension of his rest period for complete recovery.
Guler’s injuries have already taken a toll on Real Madrid, resulting in the departure of Niko Mihic, the head of the first team’s medical services.
Despite facing scrutiny since the previous season, Mihic’s position became unjustified due to the Turk’s recurrent physical setbacks, ultimately leading to the club’s decision to part ways with the Croatian doctor.
When will he debut?
During his initial days in training at Real Madrid, issues with the internal meniscus were identified, necessitating an extended recovery period. Upon rejoining the first-team activities, Guler faced a minor muscular ailment which postponed his eagerly awaited debut.
All signs pointed to his participation in the match against Braga where he was named on the bench. However, this proved unattainable.
Guler remained on the bench as Carlo Ancelotti excused him, and shortly afterwards, it was disclosed that a renewed issue with his right quadriceps was the culprit.
Presently, the most recent updates indicate that Guler’s debut is likely to be postponed for at least another month.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo