Real Madrid have yet another concern on their hands ahead of an important week as midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has been withdrawn from the squad to face CA Osasuna later tonight.
The club have issued an official statement confirming that the French midfielder will not be travelling to Pamplona for tonight’s match due to the flu.
In his place, youngster Mario Martin has been drafted into the squad by manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Real Madrid are already without star man and club captain Karim Benzema for the trip to El Sadar. The Frenchman has been rested due to fatigue ahead of the pivotal Champions League encounter against Liverpool next Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Toni Kroos is also not part of the squad for the Osasuna clash as he is yet to recover from gastroenteritis and the midfielder is a doubt for the game against Liverpool as well.
As for Tchouameni, the 2022 FIFA World Cup finalist was expected to start for Real Madrid today against Osasuna.
However, his late withdrawal could lead to his compatriot, Eduardo Camavinga, taking up the defensive midfield slot for Real Madrid at El Sadar, potentially partnering Luka Modric and Dani Ceballos in the centre of the park.
Los Blancos will be hoping that Tchouameni is able to recover in time for the Champions League clash against Liverpool away at Anfield next week.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.