Key Players Nearing Return to Boost Real Madrid’s Midfield and Defense
Real Madrid’s impressive early-season performance has been somewhat overshadowed by a series of injuries affecting their key players. Notable figures such as Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, and summer acquisition Arda Guler find themselves sidelined due to injuries. This situation led to the loan signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Chelsea to temporarily take over the goalkeeper role.
Recent developments have brought a sigh of relief to both the club and its supporters, as two significant players are making progress in their recovery. The players in question are Dani Ceballos and Ferland Mendy, and their impending return is eagerly awaited.
During the pre-season, Ceballos suffered an injury to the distal tendon of his right femoral biceps muscle. As a result, he has been unable to contribute for over a month now. On the other hand, Mendy sustained an injury during the pre-season El Clasico match, leaving him grappling with a right hamstring muscle issue.
An update from AS has highlighted a positive turn of events, as both Ceballos and Mendy were seen on the Valdebebas pitch, actively advancing in their recovery. Although they engaged in solitary running without involving the ball, this signifies a significant step forward.
It’s worth noting that neither Ceballos nor Mendy will be part of the squad’s upcoming trip to Celta Vigo this weekend. Nevertheless, their proactive efforts toward recovery suggest that their return to the playing field is imminent.
Ceballos’ resurgence will undeniably bolster the team’s capabilities, particularly in terms of squad depth. In a season where even stalwarts like Toni Kroos and Luka Modric face fierce competition for a spot in the midfield, Ceballos will need to prove his mettle to secure a place in the starting lineup.
Conversely, Mendy’s comeback would provide a significant defensive boost. With the Frenchman on the sidelines due to injury, Fran Garcia, reacquired from Rayo Vallecano this summer, remains the sole left-back option in the squad.
The prospect of Ceballos and Mendy inching closer to their returns is undoubtedly encouraging news for Carlo Ancelotti, the team’s manager. Given the ongoing challenges posed by multiple injuries, any positive progress in the recovery process is a welcome development for the club’s future performances.