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Carlo Ancelotti has decided Bellingham’s alternative at Real Madrid in case of injury of rotations

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Real Madrid have been involved in a legal battle lately, as they continue to try and overturn the suspension imposed on Jude Bellingham.

RFEF had issued Bellingham a two-match suspension and a fine of €600 after the Englishman strongly protested referee Gil Manzano’s decision to blow the whistle seconds before his winner against Valencia last weekend.

As Bellingham had not verbally insulted the referee, Real Madrid have taken this decision to court and are likely to launch another appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Games to be missed by Bellingham

Should Real Madrid once again fail in their attempts to overturn Bellingham’s suspension, the Englishman stands to miss the upcoming league games against Celta Vigo and Osasuna.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 13: Brahim Diaz of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League 2023/24 round of 16 first leg match between RB Leipzig and Real Madrid CF at Red Bull Arena on February 13, 2024 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Both are important games for Los Blancos despite the fact that the club have a healthy lead at the top of the table.

In fact, gaining six points from the next two matches could go a long way in helping Real Madrid consolidate their position at the top and seal the title race for good.

Ancelotti banking on Brahim Diaz

While Real Madrid are trying their best to overturn Bellingham’s suspension, MARCA (h/t RM4Arab) reports that Carlo Ancelotti has already arrangements for life without the Englishman in the next couple of matches.

The report suggests Ancelotti has identified Brahim Diaz as an ideal replacement for the former Borussia Dortmund starlet, in the event the latter is absent from the field.

The versatile Brahim Diaz has been a key element in the Real Madrid frontline this season, playing in a multitude of positions. He could now set to appear in Bellingham’s role for the next couple of matches.

Diaz’s creativity, coupled with his positional awareness could come in handy for Los Blancos as they look to yield full points from the upcoming games against Celta and Osasuna.

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad

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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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