Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham will leave the England national team camp and return to the Spanish capital to recover from his injury, the FA has confirmed.
England had called Bellingham up to the squad for their upcoming matches against Malta and North Macedonia over the next week.
However, the 20-year-old midfield star suffered a shoulder injury a little over a week ago against Rayo Vallecano, which led to him missing the matches against SC Braga and Valencia.
Despite his physical issue, the English FA asked Bellingham to report to the national team camp this week where further tests were conducted on the midfield sensation.
It was earlier suggested that since the ex-Borussia Dortmund ace’s injury was not serious, the Three Lions could keep him around to see if he can participate against North Macedonia, even if he misses the game vs Malta.
But, England have now confirmed that Bellingham will be returning to Madrid, with a statement that read:
“An update from St. George’s Park, as Jude Bellingham and Levi Colwill return to their clubs to continue their rehabilitation. Recover well, lads.”
This comes as a positive development for Real Madrid who will now do everything to ensure that Bellingham is fit and ready to go by the time their next game against Cadiz comes up after the international break.
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