Real Madrid have issued an official statement confirming that midfielder Luka Modric will not be travelling to Germany for their UEFA Champions League clash against RB Leipzig.
Los Blancos face off against the German outfit tomorrow in their penultimate Group F encounter of the Champions League. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have already booked a place in the knockout rounds of the competition. And a point on Tuesday will secure the top spot for them.
Heading into the game, Los Blancos were already without star striker Karim Benzema, who did not play at the weekend against Sevilla due to muscle fatigue.
On top of that, Federico Valverde has also been ruled out of the contest due to a minor knock he picked up during the win over Sevilla on Saturday.
Now, Modric, who had been named in the squad for the RB Leipzig clash by Ancelotti, has also been withdrawn at the last minute by Real Madrid, with the Croatian now missing the flight to Germany for tomorrow’s encounter.
“Luka Modrić will not play the match between Real Madrid and Leipzig, corresponding to matchday 5 of the Champions League Group Stage, which takes place tomorrow at the RB Arena,” the official statement from Real Madrid read.
“The Croatian was among those called up by Ancelotti for this match, but he is absent at the last minute and does not travel with the team to Leipzig.”
There is no clear indication as to why the decision has been made, but Real Madrid will be without three of their main players for the trip to Leipzig now.
But Jose Luis Sanchez has reported that the Croatian is suffering from a slight discomfort in his adductor. The issue is not serious but he has been dropped for the RB Leipzig clash as a precaution.
A clearer update on Modric’s withdrawal from the squad could arrive during Ancelotti’s press conference later tonight.
Atletico striker hoping Bellingham has an off day during derby: “He is at a great level”
Speaking to DAZN (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Atletico Madrid forward Alvaro Morata admitted that Real Madrid midfield superstar Jude Bellingham is performing at a great level.
Real Madrid take on Atletico in La Liga on Sunday in the Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano and without a doubt, Bellingham will pose a huge threat for the Rojiblancos.
Alvaro Morata hopes Bellingham as a quiet outing
Ahead of the blockbuster encounter on Sunday, Morata, who is Atletico’s main striker, admitted that Bellingham has great quality.
“I saw him last year in a few games, the truth is that he caught my attention. I saw him in his team and in his national team, and talking to people who had played with him, teammates he has, you could already see that he was a great player,” he said.
However, the former Real Madrid striker added that he hoped that the England international has an off day during the derby.
“The truth is that he is at a great level, we can only hope that he doesn’t do well and that we also have very good players to counteract that. We hope he doesn’t have a good day on Sunday,” Morata stated.
Bellingham fit and ready to go
Bellingham has been the in-form player for Real Madrid this season with six goals and an assist in six matches across all competitions.
So, naturally, there were concerns when he did not complete the training sessions on Friday due to stomach issues.