A series of untimely injuries stood in Real Madrid’s way at the dawn of the campaign, with concerns mounting in light of these physical setbacks.
However, in spite of crucial absentees, caution is being taken regarding their comebacks, especially with Los Blancos beginning the season with flying colours.
An unbeaten start to the term has seen Madrid alleviate the absence of some of their major exclusions, and instead of rushing their return, the Royal Whites aim to reintegrate said players smoothly.
Arda Guler, who arrived this season on a six-year contract, has yet to fulfill his dream of donning the Madrid jersey in an official match.
But as he enters the final stages of his recovery, the Merengues are looking to ensure he is fully fit before making his debut.
Patience is the key
Indeed, as per MARCA, in the case of Guler, there is no set date given for his return because, despite the injury being all healed, it is recognized that, at the age of 18, he is still undergoing physical growth.
The 18-year-old wonderkid resumed training on the pitch earlier today, but there will be no risks taken with his comeback.
As of now, it is anticipated that the player will be prepared to make his debut following the upcoming national team break, which takes place between the second and third weeks of October, barring any setbacks.
The games will come thick and fast after the international break, with Sevilla away at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan (October 21 or 22) and Braga, again on the road, being the next matches (24), following which the Clasico awaits.
The Turkish sensation merely has two games left until he can represent the white jersey.
Guler cannot wait to play
According to prior reports, the former Fenerbahçe man is eager to finally share the pitch with his new teammates.
Guler was one of the hot topics of the recently concluded summer transfer windows as a large chunk of European powerhouses eyed his situation, including league rival Barcelona.
But in the end, Guler joined the Spanish capital club, and the midfielder aims to leave his mark with the Merengues.
Real Madrid youngster in line for significant minutes against Granada – report
Nico Paz was long hyped as Real Madrid Castilla’s brightest upcoming star. The media constantly kept the spotlight on the young Argentine through pre-season as he made a strong impression under Carlo Ancelotti in preseason.
His breakthrough eventually arrived, courtesy of Real Madrid’s injury crisis. He has now made two appearances for the team in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League and even recorded his first goal for the club earlier this week against Napoli.
Taking his chances
As revealed by AS (h/t The Madrid Zone), Paz has impressed management with his cameo against Napoli and will be called up for Real Madrid’s clash against Granada tomorrow.
In fact, there is a good chance he sees significant game time on the night.
After all, Ancelotti is without the likes of Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga in the middle of the park.
With Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, Federico Valverde, and Jude Bellingham filling the starting spots, Paz serves as the manager’s first-choice backup off the bench.
Paz voices his elation
Paz’s introduction against Napoli changed the texture of the game, and it was only poetic that he got the goal that put Real Madrid ahead again on the night.
Speaking to the media after his special night, the Castilla star did not hold back on his emotions.
“This is a dream. For a moment I didn’t even believe it. Very happy to be able to help the team. I dared. I was in automatic mode, I didn’t even know what I was doing. I hit it and well.”
“This is also a message for the other youth players: it is possible to get there. Ancelotti congratulated me, and the whole staff. They are an incredible group and I want to thank them all,” he added, urging his Castilla teammates to keep pushing.