Real Madrid’s season so far has revolved around Jude Bellingham. The English star’s unreal start to life in Spain has been pivotal in Los Blancos’ run across all competitions, including the recent win in El Clasico.
Unfortunately for the youngster, he suffered a blow to his shoulder in Real Madrid’s clash against Rayo Vallecano.
He did battle on for the rest of the game, but subsequent tests revealed a dislocated shoulder and he was advised to rest and recuperate.
Bellingham thus did not participate in the Merengues’ games against Braga or Valencia out of precaution.
Heading into the international break, it seemed to be accepted in Madrid that the player would rest the two weeks and return after the hiatus.
The Three Lions refuse
The English national team refused to leave Bellingham out of the squad, for he is a critical part of their plans too. They insisted on having their own medical team evaluate his situation, and thereby his availability.
Yesterday, the English FA released three players after confirming their injuries but Bellingham was not one of them.
Despite identifying his lesion, the Three Lions opted to keep the Real Madrid star in the mix even though he is unlikely to be ready for their upcoming game according to reports from AS.
Bellingham will thus likely not feature against Malta later this week, but England hope he will be ready to face North Macedonia on Monday.
Real Madrid are helpless
The update comes as a big blow to Real Madrid, who would have hoped their star could rest in these two weeks.
Yet, they are helpless for FIFA rules that England can keep him unless it is a ‘clearly incapacitating injury for both matches’.
With the shoulder injury not being seriously debilitating enough to warrant immediate exclusion, all Los Blancos can do is wait and watch.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo