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Open Thread: November 24, 2020.

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Another issue of the Daily Merengue!

Hola Madridistas!

The Open Thread/Daily Merengue is a place where you can discuss anything and everything related to football. Feel free to discuss the topics presented here, or start your very own discussions! The Open thread will be posted every day by one of the mods: Valyrian Steel, Felipejack, YoSnail or Oscnar.

Fede Valverdes return date is becoming clearer

According to Marca, Fede is aiming to be 100% at around Christmas. That means he would be sidelined for three more weeks. If the estimate is right, he would be fit to return to face Elche in La Liga on December 30th

Reinier tested positive for COVID

Real Madrid loanee Reinier Jesus has tested positive for COVID. According to his current club, Borussia Dortmund, he is symptom free. The club also expressed that they wish him a healthy and speedy recovery, and I think that is something we all can get behind.

Hugo Duro in the squad to face Inter

The extremely versatile forward Hugo Duro, who transferred to Castilla from Getafe on a season long loan this summer, got his first call up yesterday. He has scored three goals in four Castilla games this season. Although he can play in any position of the front three, his “main” position is that of a striker, especially in a 3-man forward line. Interesting to see if he will get minutes, as Real are currently having an injury crisis in that position.

ICYMI: Tactical Takeaways from a Kroos, Modric, and Ødegaard Midfield

Interested in taking a deep dive, and read more on how the tactical side of a midfield of Kroos, Modric and Odegaard? Read Matt Wiltse’s report here