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Real Madrid midfielder a doubt for Osasuna clash due to calf injury

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As Real Madrid step up their preparations for their upcoming La Liga game against CA Osasuna, they have encountered a fresh fitness setback.

It has been a season filled with injury and fitness woes for the Merengues, with Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, and David Alaba still recovering and not ready to return. Now, they will likely have to make do without another player against Osasuna this weekend.

Dani Ceballos a doubt

Indeed, as per journalist Carlos Rodriguez, Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is a doubt to face Osasuna this weekend due to a muscle overload in his calf.

The 27-year-old Spanish international has already suffered two injuries this season, leading him to miss games at the start of the season and again sometime around October/November.

Now, the former Real Betis man is once again dealing with some overload in his calf muscles which meant he did not train with the rest of the group today.

As such, there are now big question marks over his availability for the match against Osasuna.

Ceballos has played just 21 times this season for Real Madrid in all competitions, with only four starts. He has scored and assisted one goal apiece.

Given his lack of minutes, the midfielder has been linked with a summer exit, with his former team Real Betis showing an interest.

Who else will be unavailable?

As mentioned earlier, Courtois, Militao, and Alaba will be unavailable to face Osasuna this weekend.

Along with the injured trio, Real Madrid will also be without star man Jude Bellingham, who is currently serving a two-match suspension for his red card against Valencia.

As for Ceballos, a clearer picture could emerge tomorrow when manager Carlo Ancelotti addresses the press.

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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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