Nuri Sahin, one of Real Madrid's most exciting summer signings, is on track to make his debut for the whites in this Wednesday's Trofeo Santiago Bernabéu matchup with Turkish side Galatasaray. This news marks the end of weeks of waiting and speculation about the German-Turkish center-midfielder's return from an injury that kept him out for the entire preseason.
While it is unclear whether he will actually start for los blancos, Sahin will certainly get some match time against the turkish squad. José Mourinho will be excited to finally have him available for match fixtures; I'm just excited to finally see this kid play.
In more good news for the squad, Sami Khedira also returned to training this afternoon, after suffering an injury during the Supercopa against Barcelona last week. Good to have Sami back as well, and I expect the two young ex-Bundesliga sensations to battle for positional supremacy for much of the season--they play a very similar position, though Sahin brings more of a creative touch, while Khedira tends to play more as a defensive stopper.
In more news from the training session, Alvaro Arbeloa didn't practice with the team because of issues in his right knee (not supposedly serious), while Esteban Granero and Hamit Altintop (another summer signing, but admittedly a much less exciting one than Sahin) are continuing their recovery in the gym.
Isn't it fun to know this level of detail about the team?