Real Madrid are aiming to maintain their perfect start to the Champions League campaign as they take on Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.
A win against the Ukrainian outfit could guarantee the top spot in Group F for the reigning European champions. However, with a game against FC Barcelona due on Saturday, Carlo Ancelotti is facing a selection dilemma heading into this contest.
Real Madrid have recently announced their squad for the game against Shakhtar Donetsk, with a couple of key players notably missing out due to injuries.
Thibaut Courtois is one of the players omitted from the team that travels to Warsaw, along with Dani Ceballos, who had picked up a hamstring injury prior to the reverse fixture against the same opponent.
On the bright side, Eder Militao has been included in the setup despite his muscle spasm. However, the Brazilian might not be risked ahead of the Barcelona game, as hinted by Ancelotti in a recent presser.
Real Madrid squad vs Shakhtar: Lunin, Lopez, Canizares; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Odriozola, Rudiger, Mendy; Kroos, Modric, Camavinga, Valverde, Lucas V, Tchouameni; Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vinicius, Mariano, Rodrygo
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.