After a slow start to the season, Karim Benzema picked up an injury against Celtic in the Champions League, ruling him out for nearly a month. The Frenchman missed games against Mallorca, RB Leipzig, and Atletico Madrid; all of which Madrid won.
However, the Frenchman has been included in the squad list for the game against Osasuna tonight, which is obviously a huge boost for Los Blancos.
Just when they thought they are slowly getting their best team back on the pitch, Thibaut Courtois has picked up an injury, officially confirmed by Real Madrid.
“After the tests carries out on Thibaut Courtois, he has been diagnosed with left sciatica”, the medical report read.
Parte médico de Courtois.#RealMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) October 2, 2022
Sciatica is the pain caused when the nerve running down from your lower back to your feet – sciatica – is irritated or compressed.
Naturally, his recovery will determine the length of his injury, but reports from COPE say that the player is expected to have recovered in time for El Clasico two weeks later.
As for today, Andriy Lunin will likely take Courtois’ place in goal. The Ukrainian kept two clean sheets during the international break, and was extremely reliable when called upon last season.
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.