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Just in: Key Real Madrid duo not in training ahead of Real Sociedad clash

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As Real Madrid begin their final preparations for the game against Real Sociedad on Friday night, there are two key absences from the training session.

Real Madrid will be locking horns with Imanol Alguacil’s side on Friday night in La Liga following their 3-2 win over Barcelona last weekend.

With the La Liga title almost secured there are likely to be changes made to the starting XI. However, Carlo Ancelotti might well be without two very important players for the match.

Indeed, according to Guillermo Rai, Jude Bellingham and Rodrygo Goes are not in training with the rest of the Real Madrid squad due to physical ailments.

Bellingham, the leading goalscorer for Real Madrid this season, is suffering from gastroenteritis, which has led to him sitting out of training today.

As for Rodrygo, the report states that the Brazilian forward is down with the flu, leading to his absence from training.

There is no concrete information about whether they will be available to face Real Sociedad tomorrow or not, although it is likely that Ancelotti would have rested the pair against La Real.

Ferland Mendy is another player who is expected to sit out of tomorrow’s game after missing training on Thursday, with the expectation being that he will be ready to face Bayern Munich next week.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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