As Real Madrid get set to take on Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Sunday night, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list of players that will be available at his disposal for the game.
The Merengues, for the first time this season, welcome summer signing Arda Guler to the squad list, with the teenage wonderkid having finally recovered fully from his injury woes.
If all goes well, the 18-year-old could very well make his debut for Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow night.
Another talented youngster, Nico Paz, gets called up to the squad by manager Ancelotti, but Aurelien Tchouameni and Ferland Mendy are the latest to miss out. They join Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao on the list of absentees due to injuries.
Summer signing Fran Garcia will come up against his former club Rayo Vallecano tomorrow at the Bernabeu.
Antonio Rudiger is currently on four yellow cards and will need to be careful in order to avoid a suspension for the game against Valencia next week.
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.