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Opponent watch: Sevilla defender ruled out of La Liga clash against Real Madrid

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After dropping points against Rayo Vallecano this past weekend, Real Madrid will be eager to get back to winning ways when they face Sevilla this week.

And leading up to the match, the Merengues have been handed a boost as one of the opposition’s key players has sustained an injury.

Marcos Acuna ruled out

Indeed, as per Mundo Deportivo, Sevilla will be without left-back Marcos Acuna when they take on Real Madrid later this weekend.

The Argentine international, who won the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, had to be taken off with an injury during Los Nervionenses last game against Valencia.

The club confirmed that he had sustained an injury with a statement that read: “Marcos Acuma, who had to withdraw due to physical problems last Saturday at Mestalla at half-time, suffers a myofascial injury in the anterior rectus of the left thigh, according to Sevilla FC’s medical services. The player is awaiting further developments.”

Now, it is being reported that the injury will keep Acuna out of the upcoming game against Real Madrid on Sunday night.

The 32-year-old has endured an injury-riddled campaign and had only recently come back from a spell out on the sidelines. In all, he has played 17 times in all competitions, registering three assists.

Real Madrid have their own injuries

Real Madrid themselves go into the game with a number of injury problems, starting with main man Jude Bellingham, who is unlikely to return this weekend.

There is some hope that Antonio Rudiger might make a comeback from his injury, but Eder Militao, David Alaba, and Thibaut Courtois remain unavailable.

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Bellingham, Vinicius reveal their preferred picks for the Ballon d’Or

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As Real Madrid gear up to face Borussia Dortmund in the finals of the UEFA Champions League this weekend, a number of their players interacted with the press today as part of the UEFA Open Media Day.

Jude Bellingham was one of the stars who answered questions from the media ahead of what will be an emotional game for him against his former club, in his homeland.

The England international has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid and is seen as a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or this season.

However, when asked about the Golden Orb, Bellingham tipped his Madrid teammate Vinicius Jr. as his pick to win the prestigious honour this year.

“For me, Vinicius is the best in the world. He creates magic out of nothing. He has everything to be the best,” said Bellingham, as quoted by The Athletic’s Guillermo Rai.

After all, Vinicius has also enjoyed a scintillating campaign and is one of the frontrunners to walk away with the Ballon d’Or, owing to his clutch performances for Real Madrid.

Who will win the 2024 Ballon d’Or? (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The Brazilian also spoke to the media today and was asked about the Ballon d’Or. Interestingly, he went on to name Bellingham as his pick to win the Golden Ball.

“I would give the Ballon d’Or to Bellingham,” he said, as quoted by Carrusel.

When Bellingham was informed about Vinicius picking him as the favourite for the Ballon d’Or, the England international responded by saying:

“If that’s how he feels, then you can split it in two (laughs).”

The responses show the strong bond and camaraderie that the two superstars of Real Madrid share.

Both are contenders to lift the Golden Ball this year and a win in the Champions League, coupled with strong performances in the summer’s international tournaments, would further enhance their chances.

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