After a grueling 90 minutes against Sevilla, Real Madrid secured a 3-1 victory, with Federico Valverde being one of the biggest difference-makers. The Uruguayan dominated the right wing throughout the game and contributed handsomely to the team’s attacks, earning accolades for his performance.
The game was not all roses for the Uruguayan, however, as he hobbled off limping at full-time after a rough challenge in the final minute. A lot has been speculated about the extent of his injury but no official statement has been released by the club yet.
According to reports from Jose Luis Sanchez, Valverde left Santiago Bernabeu with a bandage around his leg. Tests will be conducted today to ascertain the extent of the injury and project the recovery period.
Speaking after the game, Carlo Ancelotti hinted that the midfielder may not be available for the next game which would be a big blow for the team.
“Valverde has a bruise. It hurts a little, we have to see the tests, I am not sure if he will be ready for the match against Leipzig,” he said.
The 24-year-old was one of Real Madrid’s best players against Sevilla and even got a goal to his name. He found the back of the net in a spectacular long-range attempt from the right side of the goal by firing an unstoppable bullet of a shot.
In addition to his goal, Valverde also recorded a whopping four key passes, five defensive actions, and one long ball on the night. With the goal yesterday, he takes his La Liga tally this season to six goals and one assist while also contributing to two goals in the UEFA Champions League.
Given the form that Valverde has been in, Real Madrid will be hoping that the situation is nothing serious and that the Uruguayan can return to action at the earliest possible.
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.