With Real Madrid now starting their third day of training in the United States of America, there appears to be a fitness concern in the camp.
Indeed, according to journalist Arancha Rodriguez, new signing Arda Guler is suffering from discomfort in his leg which has prohibited him from joining the rest of the group in training today.
The 18-year-old teenage prodigy arrived at Real Madrid from Fenerbahce earlier this month, with the club shelling out €20 million (plus €10 million in add-ons) for his signing.
Guler snubbed Barcelona to join Real Madrid and has been earning rave reviews for his performances in training sessions so far.
Indeed, previous reports have suggested that based on early impressions in pre-season, Los Blancos are very happy with his signing and consider the investment made in him as money well spent.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti also appears to have been very impressed with his new ward and spoke highly of the Turkish international recently, saying: “Güler is very talented, he is very young, I think the fans are going to enjoy this player.”
While impressing in pre-season training is certainly noteworthy, Ancelotti & co. will be looking forward to see how Guler performs in actual match situations in the upcoming friendly encounters.
But with the latest development surrounding the discomfort in his leg, the player and the staff will be hoping that it is nothing serious and that he recovers in time to face AC Milan on Sunday.
Apart from Guler, Alvaro Odriozola is also not in training today, with the out-of-favour defender said to be dealing with some overload, as per Mario Cortegana.
Real Madrid goalscorer played with a dislocated shoulder against Las Palmas
Journalist Arancha Rodriguez has claimed that Real Madrid forward Brahim Diaz played the Las Palmas game with a dislocation in his right shoulder, which actually happened last Sunday during the derby match against Atletico Madrid.
The news was later confirmed by the forward’s father, Sufiel Abdekalder, who told The Athletic, “Yes [he had dislocated shoulder], but we didn’t want it to be public. Our 100% focus was on the match.”
The former AC Milan loanee started his first game of the season and it was his goal that marked the beginning of Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Las Palmas.
The 24-year-old was later replaced in the 57th minute but by then, the Los Blancos had already established a two-goal lead.
“I’m so proud, you can’t describe the feeling, it’s something unique. I can only thank the fans because I’ve had an incredible welcome. I’m very happy to be here and play for this badge,” the forward said after the game.
Special outing for Diaz
The Las Palmas game was the first time that Diaz started a game for Real Madrid.
The versatile attacking midfielder found himself among the five alterations made by Carlo Ancelotti following the disheartening derby performance against Atletico Madrid last Sunday, a game where Diaz was only introduced in the 70th minute.
The 24-year-old seized the opportunity with both hands, scoring the opening goal in what was a comfortable outing for the team.
Given the competition at hand, Diaz has been forced to settle for substitute appearances this season but fans have witnessed his unwavering dedication during this time.
The love he received from the Madrid supporters was shown when he was substituted during the second half.
While it is unlikely that his run in the first-team will continue, especially since Vinicius Jr. has now returned, the 24-year-old must continue to keep his head on the ground and work towards achieving the common goal this season.