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Real Madrid key midfielder played through pain vs Bayern, ruled out for 3-4 weeks



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Real Madrid booked a place at Wembley last night with an emphatic turnaround in the dying minutes of the semifinal against Bayern Munich.

The club will thus play the final early next month against Borussia Dortmund, who overcame resistance from PSG in the other half of the draw.

While last night’s game in Madrid gave Los Blancos reason to celebrate and get closer to a dream double, Aurelien Tchouameni’s injury looked concerning as the player was taken off midway through the second half.

Earlier today, the club confirmed that the player had suffered a stress injury to his left foot, and L’Equipe provides more clarity on the same.

Battling through pain

According to the French outlet, Tchouameni has been playing with pain in his foot for a while now.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the player as essential to his team’s dynamics, and as such the midfielder has been playing through the pain and has always been ready to give his all.

The youngster battled through the pain for over an hour, but when the suffering got very severe, he asked to be taken off and was replaced by Eduardo Camavinga in the 70th minute.

He was, thus, taken off purely owing to his fitness setback and not as part of a tactical haul.

Tchouameni likely to miss UCL final. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Out for long

The reliable media outlet also relays that Tchouameni is expected to be out for at least three to four weeks through his latest setback.

Needless to say, this comes as a massive setback for Carlo Ancelotti and Co. as it could imply that the player will be unavailable for the UCL final at Wembley.

In fact, reports state that the club offices see only a 20% chance of the defensive midfielder returning in time for the title fixture.

Should Tchouameni be unavailable, all signs point to Eduardo Camavinga covering for his compatriot once more. The focus, however, will be on ensuring that the first-choice pivot is back fit and raring.

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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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