Wesley Sneijder is injured!
Apparently, he was tackled by Mario Melchiot in training and injured his ankle in the process... making him likely unavailable for the Dutch National Team's match vs. Albania... he'll also be doubtful for the match vs. Almeria this weekend.
Almeria is a newly promoted side and I would like to believe that Real can beat them handily, but you never know, they've won their first match and put up a good fight against Valencia before eventually losing.
A positive however is that it can mean that Sneijder can be rested for the Champions League match vs. Werder Bremen, a difficult team (they gave Barca a lot of problems last year in the CL too...). This can also mean that Drenthe might get a start on the left wing with Heinze on Left Back (and Robben possibly getting in a few minutes off the bench).
The fingers are crossed nevertheless.
Thoughts on other things:
Former Real Madrid youth teamer Alvaro Negredo (on loan to Almeria this season) has now scored 2 goals in 2 matches! Though he won't be playing against Real this weekend (his contract has a clause that prevents it), it'll be interesting to see if he can build himself a reputation that can earn him a recall to RM.
Jurado didn't have a standout year for athletico last season... I do hope a few of the youth team gems out on loan can blossom this year though... it'd be nice if we can find another Raul / Guti / Casillas.