The recent international break has not been kind to Spain’s elite clubs. While Barcelona lost Gavi to a gruesome ACL tear, Real Madrid have their own set of worries as Vinicius Jr and Eduardo Camavinga join the long list of injured players.
With the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Aurelien Tchouameni already on the sidelines, the two latest additions serve as a huge blow to the manager’s plans.
Two close returns
According to an update offered by Relevo (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are working hard to recover two stars for the team’s fixture against Cadiz on Sunday.
Jude Bellingham and Dani Ceballos are the two names closest to a return, and their inclusion at the weekend should not come as a surprise.
After all, both players trained inside the gym, with the physios and on the pitch with their teammates today. The medical all-clear is not very far away.
Bellingham eager to return
Real Madrid’s 2023-24 season has largely revolved around Jude Bellingham on all fronts. The youngster has fit into Carlo Ancelotti’s dynamics like a hand in a glove and is scoring goals for fun for Los Blancos.
The youngster, however, suffered a shoulder dislocation in Real Madrid’s clash against Rayo Vallecano earlier this month and did not participate in any of the team’s subsequent games.
Bellingham is itching to get back on the field and wishes to participate in Sunday’s clash at any cost. The final decision will lie with Ancelotti and his management.
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.