Lady luck has not been kind to Real Madrid this season, as an unfortunate wave of injuries has befallen the roster.
With a prominent list of absentees, the Merengues have been forced to make do with several limitations.
Jude Bellingham suffered a shoulder injury right before the international break, and went on to miss the games against SC Braga and Valencia.
Being the focal source of goals for Madrid this season, though, the 20-year-old’s return is highly anticipated.
Bellingham eager to make his return
As per Edu Aguirre on El Chiringuito TV, Jude Bellingham wants to play against Cadiz at all costs. Real Madrid also believes that they may have to force his return due to the various exclusions.
The Englishman suffered a shoulder dislocation against Rayo Vallecano, which saw him miss two clashes for Real Madrid and the Euro qualifiers with the England national team.
After a prolonged absence, Madrid hopes to have their goalscoring phenomenon back in their ranks very soon, considering Rodrygo and Joselu are the only two forwards available for selection.
The international break made matters worse as Camavinga and Vincius Jr. faced injuries with their respective national teams, causing Real Madrid more headaches in terms of their selection.
Guarantee of goals
Before the break commenced, it was reported that Bellingham would recover in time for Real Madrid’s next match against Cadiz.
However, even though it may appear a risk to bring him back into action so soon after recovery, Real Madrid lack options due to other injuries, which explains the club’s desire to force his return.
After all, the midfielder has already racked up a total of 16 goal contributions for Los Blancos this season.
Real Madrid face off against Cadiz this Sunday, and the player is desperate to make his return to the field.
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