The misery continues to keep piling up for Real Madrid summer signing Arda Guler as he has succumbed to yet another injury.
Arda Guler joined Real Madrid during the summer of 2023, arriving from Fenerbahce, with the Merengues beating arch-rivals Barcelona to his signing.
But, his time at the Spanish capital club so far has been mired with fitness troubles as he has now fallen victim to a third injury already.
Arda Guler out for a month
Indeed, as per Alberto Pereiro on Onda Cero, Arda Guler has suffered an injury to his quadriceps muscle in the right thigh.
The 18-year-old was feeling discomfort before the game against SC Braga earlier this week, and is now once again sidelined due to the injury.
Building further on the development The Athletic’s Guillermo Rai is reporting Guler’s muscle injury will now keep him out of action for almost a month.
This means that the Turkish international prodigy’s wait to make his debut for Real Madrid continues, as he will miss the game against Valencia tomorrow and possibly the matches versus Cadiz and Napoli right after the international break.
What did Ancelotti say?
Speaking in his pre-match press conference earlier today, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed Guler’s latest injury setback, but insisted it was not serious.
“Unfortunately it has happened before the Braga game. It seemed like nothing, but it’s still bothering him. It’s not a serious thing. The player is depressed because he wants to play,” Ancelotti said.
“It’s a small setback, it’s not a relapse of the old injury and we have the whole break to get him back better.”
“Guler’s future is not in doubt. It’s just a moment and I hope he can recover after the break,” he added.
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.