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Real Madrid teenage prodigy could make his long-awaited debut vs Mallorca

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Two young attacking midfielders joined the Real Madrid first team back in the summer. They both left a strong impression in training, with media outlets soon featuring them in the headlines as the manager’s two crucial weapons for the long campaign that lay ahead.

Unfortunately, it was at that point that their paths diverged. Jude Bellingham went on to establish himself as a regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and got off to an unbelievable start to life in the white colours.

The second player, Arda Guler, went into a chain of fitness blows. From his initial meniscal tear and reparatory surgery to the crushing muscle injuries that followed, there has been no end to the hurdles that have pushed the player away from his debut.

First appearance on the horizon

According to Jorge C Picon, Guler will make his debut for Real Madrid in the team’s first game after the mid-season break. He is expected to see some minutes against Mallorca on the 3rd of January 2024 if everything falls in place and he suffers no fresh setback.

Real Madrid have complete faith in the Turkish phenom despite his difficult period and trust in his quality. They are convinced that he will be a point of difference in the team in the years to come, as was intended at the time of his signing.

After all, Guler was signed with the bigger picture in mind and not as a short-term reinforcement. The management believes his time will come with due patience.

Right now, all focus is on the player making a complete recovery and feeling rejuvenated again.

One of many boosts

Ancelotti has not had it easy in recent weeks considering the long list of injuries in his squad. With players like David Alaba, Eduardo Camavinga, Vinicius Jr, Dani Carvajal, Eder MIlitao, and others unavailable, team selection has been a challenge.

The new year, however, brings good news with it for the Real Madrid camp. As the manager confirmed in his press conference after the clash against Villarreal, Los Blancos will be boosted by multiple returns after the Christmas break. Guler is only one on that long list.

“Vinicius, Camavinga and Arda Güler will be ready when we return from the holidays. Carvajal is going to train on Tuesday with the team, but we are not going to risk it.”

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad

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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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