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Real Madrid defender in the final stretch of recovery from injury, could return soon

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Real Madrid have suffered plenty of setbacks over the course of the season. Carlo Ancelotti’s ship has been sailing steadily, but that does not downplay any of the hurdles Los Blancos have had to put up with, especially from a fitness point.

One of the first, and perhaps most significant blow arrived in Matchday 1 when Eder Militao went down injured and in severe pain. Subsequent tests revealed a complete ACL tear and ruled the player out for close to the entire season.

The optimistic update

It has been over six months since the Brazilian was ruled out through injury and underwent surgery. The route back to fitness has not been easy for the youngster, but that has not stopped him from giving his 100% and gunning down an early recovery.

According to reports from Carlos Rodriguez, Militao’s hard work has borne fruit. The centre-back is now in the final stretch of his recovery, although he is still working alone.

He will return to training with the squad soon in what comes as a massive update.

Needless to say, this comes as music to the ears of the Real Madrid management who have opted against signing a new centre-back this winter. With Militao back in the fray soon, they will no longer be strapped for resources at the back.

The summer move

Come June, Real Madrid are set to reinforce several positions across the field. The team’s priority is the centre-forward and left-back department, although a substantial portion of their funds will also be allocated to the centre-back position.

Los Blancos see Militao to be their only existing centre-back viable for the long-term and are looking for a profile to partner alongside the Brazilian.

The likes of Leny Yoro, Andre Silva and Goncalo Inacio have been spoken of as options, and it remains to be seen who is prioritised come June.

For the moment, the team’s focus is on the current campaign and Militao’s recovery ahead of schedule.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final

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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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