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Real Madrid sweating over key superstar’s fitness for El Clasico vs Barcelona – report

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Real Madrid pulled off yet another memorable UEFA Champions League victory last night as they eliminated Manchester City via penalties to qualify for the semi-finals.

However, it appears to have come at a serious cost for the Merengues as one of their most important players might now miss the upcoming match against arch-rivals Barcelona.

Vinicius Jr. a doubt for El Clasico

Indeed, according to a report from SPORT, Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr. is now a doubt for Sunday’s La Liga encounter against Barcelona due to a potential injury.

The 23-year-old Brazilian international gave his everything for over 100 minutes at the Etihad Stadium but was unable to complete the game.

In the 101st minute, after being involved in a race with Kyle Walker, Vinicius could not carry on any longer and asked for a substitution due to muscle discomfort.

Vinicius came off with physical discomfort vs Man City. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

While it is believed that the issue is not serious, given that the Clasico is only a couple of days away, there is a doubt about whether he might be ready or not.

Vinicius will undergo tests later today to assess his condition, with Real Madrid hoping that it is nothing but some muscle fatigue or slight overload.

Vinicius’ absence will be a blow

If he does miss out, it will be a major blow for Real Madrid, given the record that Vinicius boasts against Barcelona.

In 16 games against the Catalans for Real Madrid, the 23-year-old forward has netted six goals and assisted three more. Only against Valencia (8) has he scored more than versus Barcelona.

As such, Real Madrid will be hoping that he is ready to face their bitter rivals come Sunday.

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Real Madrid superstar the No. 1 footballer currently, says Spain manager

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Speaking in an interview with Vamos (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Spain manager Luis de la Fuente has acknowledged that Real Madrid ace Jude Bellingham is the No. 1 footballer in the world currently.

Bellingham has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid and has been one of their chief protagonists as the Merengues won the La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup titles and made it to the UCL finals.

Even though his form has somewhat dipped in the latter stages of the season, the England international remains integral to Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and one of Los Blancos’ most important players.

And Spain manager Luis de la Fuente expressed his admiration for Bellingham, saying:

“He is a player who is doing particularly well. It’s a subjective view, but I like Bellingham’s style a lot, I like that type of player, powerful….”

When asked if Bellingham is the No. 1 player in the world at the moment, De la Fuente replied in the affirmative, as he said: “I think so.”

Bellingham has played 40 times in all competitions for Real Madrid this season, racking up a total of 23 goals and 12 assists in the process.

The 20-year-old’s exploits with Los Blancos in his debut campaign have put him in contention for the Ballon d’Or this year.

A strong performance in the finals of the UEFA Champions League next month and a solid run with England at the UEFA Euro 2024 could further his chances of winning the Golden Ball, although his teammate Vinicius Jr. is also an equally strong contender.

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