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Real Madrid talisman could undergo surgery to fix shoulder issue, final decision not made

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Earlier this month, Jude Bellingham suffered a shoulder dislocation while in action for Real Madrid against Rayo Vallecano.

The problem was not seen as a major one, but it did lead to the 20-year-old midfielder missing games against SC Braga and Valencia, while he also sat out of England’s fixtures in the international break.

Bellingham made a return to action last weekend when Los Blancos faced Cadiz in La Liga and even contributed with a goal.

It was backed up by another stellar performance last night against Napoli, capped off with a goal and an assist.

Bellingham considering surgery

While Bellingham may have returned to action and made key contributions, the Real Madrid talisman’s shoulder problem is still not completely dealt with.

As such, the 20-year-old Englishman and the club are considering the possibility of him undergoing surgery to fix the issue, reports Mario Cortegana of The Athletic.

Even though a final decision is yet to be made, the report states that there is a good chance that Bellingham will indeed go under the knife to get rid of his shoulder problem.

As per the report, the midfielder played with shoulder protection against Cadiz over the weekend and there were moments when some discomfort was seen.

As such, the possibility of surgery is very much on the table, but no definitive timeline is set for the same.

Bellingham has been playing with shoulder protection. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

A medical staff source told The Athletic that conservative treatment is the first course of action, but “once a shoulder is out, the player will feel pain and this pain usually does not repair itself.”

The source also added that Bellingham would likely have surgery sooner or later, but insisted that he could “wait a day, a week, a season or longer”. They continued: “You can live with it as long as you can deal with it. Then you have to operate.”

Brahim Diaz to undergo surgery

Intriguingly, Bellingham’s Real Madrid teammate, Brahim Diaz, also suffered a shoulder dislocation earlier in the season, in September.

The 24-year-old has carried on playing despite the issue, but as per the report, the Spaniard is set to undergo surgery once the season is over, giving him time to recover without missing games.

What remains to be seen is if Bellingham also follows the same path, although it must be taken into consideration that he will have to play for England at the UEFA Euro 2024.

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Real Madrid ace misses training for third consecutive day ahead of UCL final

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As Real Madrid get closer and closer to their final game of the season against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, they are now sweating over the availability of one of their players.

It has already been confirmed that both David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni will miss the finals in London due to injuries.

Other than that, Carlo Ancelotti is likely to have the entirety of his squad available at his disposal, although there could be some concerns surrounding Andriy Lunin.

Lunin not in training for the third day in running

Indeed, Andriy Lunin has not participated in team training today, making it three days in a row heading into the Champions League final, reports Mundo Deportivo.

The Real Madrid goalkeeper is down with a fever that has kept him out of training for three days in a row now.

However, the report does add that despite not being in training for three days now, the Ukrainian international will fly to London and be on the squad list for the finals.

But with reports already suggesting that Thibaut Courtois will be starting in goal against Dortmund, Lunin’s continued absence from training only further strengthens the Belgian’s chances.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was absent from training on Tuesday due to personal reasons, is back working with the rest of the squad today. The Spaniard will have no involvement in Saturday’s final though.

Carlo Ancelotti is likely to go with the exact same starting lineup that he named for the Merengues’ final La Liga match against Real Betis.

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