Earlier in the summer, Arda Guler made the most important decision of his footballing career by joining Real Madrid. It was going to be an exciting season ahead for the young Turk.
However, four months into the new season, Guler has yet to make a single appearance for Real Madrid due to injury.
The youngster was suffering from a muscle knock all throughout summer and had returned to full fitness earlier in the month.
But after a couple of bench appearances, Guler picked up yet another fresh quadriceps knock, which was expected to set him back for another month.
Guler to return early December
Fabrizio Romano has offered a fresh update on the fitness of Arda Guler, giving an exact timeframe as to when the youngster might return to the pitch.
As per the Italian journalist, Guler could return to action by the beginning of December, which accounts to a little more than three weeks.
While this is not much of a difference from the initial timeframe, it is a positive nonetheless, as Guler once again goes back into recovery mode.
When will Guler make his debut?
With this fresh injury, Arda Guler’s quest to make his Real Madrid debut continues.
Given that the youngster could be back in early December, he could appear against Real Betis on December 9. The following week, Real Madrid also have a game against Union Berlin in the Champions League, which will mostly be a dead rubber.
The Union game, therefore, appears to be an ideal opportunity for the Turkish international to make his debut for Los Blancos.
Fortunately for the youngster, he does not stand to lose much in the ongoing month thanks to the international break, though he will miss out on the Turkey matches.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo