In a devastating blow, Real Madrid have officially confirmed that star man Jude Bellingham is out with an injury to his left shoulder.
“Following tests carried out today on our player Jude Bellingham, he has been diagnosed with anterior instability of the left shoulder, a consequence of his recent dislocation. Bellingham is out for today’s game against Valencia,” the club statement read.
The 20-year-old England international suffered from a dislocated shoulder last weekend during the game against Rayo Vallecano.
However, he carried on playing the entire match and was passed fit for the midweek game versus SC Braga as well, although he did not feature against the Portuguese club.
Leading up to the game against Valencia, Bellingham was understood to be fit and available, with manager Carlo Ancelotti affirming the same during his press conference on Friday.
However, it turns out that Bellingham has some injury related to his shoulder dislocation, and further tests today have ruled him out.
With the international break around the corner, it is expected that the midfielder will recover in time for Real Madrid’s next match against Cadiz in two weeks’ time.
For now, he will miss the Valencia clash, with Brahim Diaz expected to take his place in the starting lineup again.
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Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.