While the World Cup may still be a few days away from kicking off, reigning champions France have already suffered their first injury casualty.
Indeed, Christopher Nkunku has been forced out of the World Cup after he picked up an injury during a training session yesterday, following an unfortunate coming-together involving Real Madrid youngster Eduardo Camavinga.
The 20-year-old Camavinga, who is the youngest player in the France squad, went in for a challenge on Nkunku and the RB Leipzig star ended up sustaining an injury that has now ruled him out of the World Cup.
Following the incident, L’Equipe reports that Camavinga has been targeted by fans on social media, with the Real Madrid midfielder receiving several racist messages in the aftermath of the unfortunate incident with Nkunku.
Training injuries are not a new occurrence in the game of football. But Nkunku’s absence will come as a blow to France considering the form that he has been in over the past 15 months.
Real Madrid themselves were planning to keep a close watch on the RB Leipzig ace during the World Cup as a possible attacking reinforcement. However, that will no longer be possible due to the injury, with Randal Kolo Muani replacing him in the France squad.
While the situation may be as it is, targeting a young player like Camavinga and hurling racist abuse at him is unacceptable. The 20-year-old is going to take part in the biggest tournament of his career and these incidents can damage his confidence and morale ahead of the World Cup.
Camavinga was a surprise inclusion in the France squad for the World Cup, materialising due to the injuries to two mainstays in N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba.
The 20-year-old has not played very regularly for Real Madrid this season but has looked good whenever given an opportunity by manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.