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Real Madrid forward not injured after limping off during 1-0 win over Alaves



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Real Madrid left it very late to secure a victory over Deportivo Alaves last night, with Lucas Vazquez’s stoppage-time goal leading them to a 1-0 win.

The result sent Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the top of the La Liga standings heading into the Christmas break, with Girona dropping points against Real Betis.

However, there were some concerns raised in the latter stages of the game as Real Madrid, who have had poor luck with injuries, appeared to have hit with a fresh problem.

Rodrygo limps off against Alaves

Indeed, in the final stages of the match, Real Madrid forward Rodrygo went down on the pitch clutching his left knee, sending alarm bells off in the Merengues camp.

The Real Madrid medical staff immediately rushed on to attend to the Brazilian forward before he limped off the pitch visibly in pain.

When asked about the Brazilian’s situation after the game, manager Ancelotti said: “Rodrygo is a little tired.”

Rodrygo came off late on vs Alaves. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

Given that Rodrygo has been in fine form and Vinicius Jr. is already out injured, naturally there was concern about the former’s situation.

No injury

But, according to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are optimistic that Rodrygo has not sustained any injury during the win against Alaves.

While it is true that he returned with a limp, Los Blancos believe that the 22-year-old is pan due to a small knock and that there is no injury.

As such, the belief is that with the appropriate rest during these days off, Rodrygo could recover completely.

This bodes well for Real Madrid given that they have a series of important fixtures lined up once the season resumes in January.

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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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