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Real Madrid mainstay slated to make comeback vs Sevilla if recovery goes according to plan

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Antonio Rudiger joined Real Madrid’s list of casualties with a hamstring injury against Getafe at the beginning of the month.

Since sustaining the blow to his thigh, Rudiger has missed matches against Atletico Madrid, Girona, RB Leipzig, and Rayo Vallecano.

The German centre-back was listed in the squad list and was very close to playing against Girona, but his thigh ailment kept him out once more, prolonging his recovery phase.

However, after missing several important matches for the Merengues, his return appears to be in sight.

Rüdiger set to face Sevilla if recovery stays on track

Indeed, as per AS (h/t Madrid Zone) if his recovery procedure goes according to plan, Rudiger will make his long-awaited comeback in Real Madrid’s next encounter against Sevilla.

The 30-year-old’s omission in the previous few games has left Real Madrid without many options in central defence.

Indeed, Aurilien Tchouameni has been deputising in defence to make up for his exclusion, although he primarily operates as a defensive midfielder. Dani Carvajal has also been availed as a make-shift center-back in his absence.

As such, the news that Rudiger will soon be back is sure to instill comfort in the coaching staff, who have been frequently utilizing creative solutions at the back amid their injury crisis.

With two star players suspended for the clash, Dani Carvajal and Eduardo Camavinga, retaining the services of Rudiger will hand Los Blancos a major boost as they look to solidify their spot as league leaders.

Despite reports previously claiming that Rudiger’s chances of being fully fit by next week are extremely slim if his recuperation goes as planned, the German mainstay is slated to make a return against Sevilla on the weekend.

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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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