Nihat still has Racing chance
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Turkish forward strained ligaments in his right knee while playing for Turkey in August, and, as a result, has yet to appear for Sociedad this term.
Although the 23-year-old claims he is feeling better with each passing day, it seems unlikely he will be ready for the Racing game in ten days' time given that he has yet to begin working with a ball during his recuperation.
"Although I feel well physically, touching the ball again is important," stated Nihat.
"I will begin doing that in about two or three days' time and we will see if it hurts me or not.
"I don't want to say whether I will play or not, because everything depends on the pain I feel when I kick the ball."
The former Besiktas star's absence in Real's first two league games has handed an opportunity to the club's Korean signing Lee Chun-soo, and Nihat had words of praise for his team-mate.
"He (lee) has a lot of qualities and is very quick.
"He played very well in both the first and second game, but could not manage to score.
"You have to give him time though as he is very young, but we will help him a lot."