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Injury update: Real Madrid expect talisman to return against Valencia next week

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Real Madrid have established a solid lead in the La Liga table and will be eager to strengthen their grip at the top, especially after dropping points against Rayo Vallecano last weekend.

As has been the case throughout the season, injuries have been an issue for Los Blancos, who are currently without star man and top goalscorer Jude Bellingham.

The 20-year-old sensation suffered an ankle injury during the game against Girona earlier this month and has since missed the matches against RB Leipzig and Rayo.

Bellingham to return against Valencia

But there is a positive update regarding the return of Jude Bellingham as MARCA’s Jose Felix Diaz reports that the Real Madrid talisman is expected to be back against Valencia next week.

The England international might have suffered the injury during the Girona clash, but the report states that he had been dealing with an issue in his left ankle for some weeks already.

The idea is to ensure that he does not feel any discomfort before returning and the Real Madrid staff expect him to be back on the pitch over the next week.

As such, if he is feeling well and trains with the squad normally, the game against Valencia on March 2 has been pencilled in as the return date for Bellingham, so that he can build some rhythm in time to face RB Leipzig in the Champions League four days later.

The final decision will be left to the player and how he feels.

More good news

Militao, Courtois closing in on a return. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

As reported earlier today, Antonio Rudiger did a part of the training session with the group today and may very well be ready to face Sevilla this Sunday.

Meanwhile, there are positive updates about the conditions of long-term absentees Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao as well.

The pair, out with ACL injuries since the start of the season, have resumed training and are expected to up the intensity in the coming weeks.

As per the report, there is hope that Courtois can return before the end of March while Militao might be back in early April.

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Real Madrid convinced with 21-year-old loanee’s performances, will count on him next season

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Real Madrid are eager to enhance their options in central defense after deciding to not sign any defenders in the recent January transfer window.

Several players are on the club’s radar, with Lille’s promising center-back Leny Yoro most notably high on the club’s wishlist.

However, the Merengues are not turning a blind eye to their homegrown academy gems, as Rafa Marin is making a strong case for himself to join the first team dynamics next summer.

Rafa Marin strengthens his case

The 21-year-old is presently on loan at Alaves and is showcasing solid performances in the heart of defense, with Real Madrid reported to count on him next season.

Now, AS have reported that the reason for the club’s trust in Marin is his upsurge in performances at Alaves. And if Nacho Fernandez leaves, Marin will serve as the fourth central defender in the squad.

A testament to his worth to Alaves is the fact that Marin has not been benched since mid-November, demonstrating his importance in coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s defense.

With 2,282 total minutes played, he ranks as the fourth-highest on the team with the most minutes.

Against Atletico Madrid recently, Rafa Marin enjoyed a stellar outing. In addition to making 15 recoveries and 9 interceptions, he took part in 24 defensive actions. Along with winning two ground and four air duels, he only committed one foul.

A stellar performance vs Atletico. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

An important summer for Marin

Not only is Rafa Marín returning to Real Madrid, but he is also going to represent Spain in the Olympics in Paris.

Marin was included in five of the six matches during the Euro Under-21 qualifiers because coach Santi Denia of Spain’s under-21 team greatly values his presence and height (1.91 meters).

Marin has a bright future ahead of him if all goes according to plan. His season with Alaves is sure to serve as a stepping stone for his integration into the Real Madrid first team.

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