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Official: Real Madrid wonderkid Arda Guler starts for Turkey vs Georgia

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As Turkey get set to kick off their UEFA Euro 2024 campaign in an hour against Georgia at Signal Iduna Park, the official starting lineups are already out.

And, Real Madrid wonderkid Arda Guler has been included in the starting XI by Turkish national team manager Vincenzo Montella.

The Turkey head coach had suggested that the youngster could start on the right flank and that is where he features today.

The 19-year-old sensation ended the season on a strong note despite having battled injury problems in the first half of the campaign.

Guler looked good in the warm-up games that Turkey played in the lead-up to the Euros and has now been rewarded with a start in the tournament opener against Georgia.

Having made an impact in the final phase of the season at Real Madrid, Guler will hope to make an impression at the Euros and help Turkey progress further in the competition.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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