In what could be a blow for Real Madrid, key midfielder and talisman Jude Bellingham is a doubt for the upcoming UEFA Champions League clash against SC Braga on Wednesday.
This claim comes from The Athletic’s Mario Cortegana who is reporting that the England international was subjected to tests earlier today by the club’s medical staff.
Bellingham suffered shoulder dislocation
And, initial tests have shown damage to the shoulder which has cast doubts over Bellingham’s involvement for the game against Braga later this week.
However, Cortegana adds that Real Madrid have not yet ruled him out of contention for the Champions League encounter.
A decision will be made tomorrow by the player, the club’s medical staff, and Carlo Ancelotti on whether he features.
Jose Luis Sanchez of El Chiringuito TV has also affirmed the same, stating that Bellingham has suffered a dislocation in his left shoulder, as a result of which he is now seen as a doubt to face Braga later this week.
What exactly happened?
The injury came about when Jude Bellingham endured a hard fall onto the turf at the Santiago Bernabeu just ten minutes into the game against Rayo Vallecano last night.
The English midfielder, who happens to be Real Madrid’s top scorer this season, received medical attention and opted to continue and play for the entirety of the game, with his shoulder heavily strapped.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti said that the issue was not serious and expected Bellingham to be fit for the visit of Braga.
However, it now remains to be seen if the midfield sensation makes it in time to face the Portuguese outfit.
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