According to RMC Sport, Real Madrid and France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni is not training ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022 final due to a hip bruise.
Tchouameni arrived at Real Madrid this past summer and has become a key member of Carlo Ancelotti’s team, ensuring that Casemiro’s departure has not been felt at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Similarly, he has been a big presence in the France midfield unit at the World Cup, taking greater responsibility in the absence of key figures like N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba.
The 22-year-old has been a permanent fixture in the middle of the park for France at the World Cup so far, featuring in all of their six matches from the group stages to the semi-finals. Tchouameni even scored a golazo in the quarter-final win over England.
So, the development regarding his dealing with a hip bruise comes as a major concern for France manager Didier Deschamps.
Tchouameni is understood to be at the stadium where France are training but has not participated in any sessions, along with former Real Madrid left-back Theo Hernandez, who is dealing with a knee issue.
Apart from the pair, another ex-Real Madrid ace, Raphael Varane, is not training due to the virus that has hit the France squad. Ibrahima Konate, too, is down with the same bug while Kingsley Coman is also not training for the reigning world champions.
It remains to be seen if Tchouameni’s issue is serious and whether it impacts his availability for the finals of the World Cup on Sunday when Les Bleus face Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.