Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham was added to the matchday squad for Los Blancos’ UEFA Champions League group stage game against Braga.
However, it is largely expected that his participation will depend on how he feels throughout the day, reports MARCA.
It must be noted that the England midfielder, who happens to be Real Madrid’s top scorer this season, picked up a shoulder injury during the recent 0-0 draw against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.
This incident raised questions about his participation and surprisingly enough, the former Borussia Dortmund man was included in the team despite being unsure about his fitness.
Bellingham did normal training
During a recent press conference, manager Carlo Ancelotti provided an update on the English footballer, revealing that he had undergone a normal training session, although he did not complete it.
Furthermore, it was also disclosed that his inclusion in the squad for the upcoming match would be assessed throughout the day.
“I don’t know if he’s going to play,” said the manager yesterday.
“If he trained today it means he’s comfortable, although he hasn’t finished training to avoid any blow to his shoulder. He’s recovered well and in all the movements he’s made he’s felt fine. We will evaluate tomorrow if he can play,” he added.
Bellingham has dislocated his shoulder
It is to be noted that Bellingham had, in fact, dislocated his shoulder and despite his evident expressions of pain during yesterday’s training session, he won’t be absent from the Champions League match, although it remains uncertain whether he will see playing time.
On the injury, it is important to understand that while dealing with the discomfort associated with a dislocated shoulder, this injury is not expected to have long-term implications.
However, any decision regarding Bellingham’s participation in the match against Braga hinges on his condition throughout the day, with his fitness being thoroughly evaluated before a final decision is reached.
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