Real Madrid surrendered two points last night after being held to a goalless draw by Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It was a disappointing result for Los Blancos, who are now second in the league table, two points behind leaders Girona.
However, the result was not the only disappointing aspect for Real Madrid last night, as one of their star players also picked up a knock.
Bellingham picks up a shoulder knock
Jude Bellingham has emerged as the saviour for Real Madrid on so many occasions this season.
That wasn’t the case against Rayo Vallecano, perhaps because of a knock that the midfielder carried throughout the game.
Indeed, Bellingham suffered a bad fall quite early in the game, which led to an injury on his left shoulder.
Although the Englishman did not have to be subbed off, he played the entire game with pain and bandage.
Bellingham to undergo tests today
Following his knock last night, Jude Bellingham is set to undergo tests on Monday, which will determine the extent of his injury.
Ancelotti, though, was upbeat about the possibility of having him back soon. “He played the entire game, he was a little affected but he was able to continue. Tomorrow they are going to do tests on him, I don’t think it is anything serious,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo) after the game.
Ancelotti is also hopeful of having Bellingham back in action for the Wednesday clash against Braga, in the UEFA Champions League.
The Italian went on to heap praise on the youngster, highlighting his work ethic and mentality. “Bellingham is a fighter, a winner who sometimes resents not being able to win,” he said, referring to his fight with Pathe Ciss last night.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo