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La Liga | Gameweek 33
Apr 26, 2024 at 8pm UK
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Real Madrid to be without star player against Real Sociedad

Real Madrid to be without star player against Real Sociedad
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Real Madrid will be without the services of Jude Bellingham for Friday's La Liga game against Real Sociedad.

Real Madrid will be without the services of Jude Bellingham for Friday's La Liga game against Real Sociedad, with the midfielder coming down with a stomach problem.

Bellingham was unable to train with the team on Thursday due to gastroenteritis, and it has now been confirmed that he will miss the clash against Real Sociedad.

However, Real Madrid are confident that the 20-year-old will have overcome the issue in time to feature against Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night.

Bellingham has starred for the capital giants in his first season at the club, scoring 21 goals and registering 10 assists in 36 appearances in all competitions.

The ex-Birmingham City youngster has 17 goals and four assists in 25 La Liga appearances, with Carlo Ancelotti's side 11 points clear at the top of the table, while he has contributed four goals and four assists in his team's run to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Real Madrid's Jude Bellingham celebrates scoring their third goal on April 21, 2024© Reuters

Jude Bellingham will be absent for Real Madrid against Real Sociedad

There had also been some concern over Rodrygo, who has been struggling with an illness, but the Brazil international has been named in the squad.

Ferland Mendy is out, with the Frenchman's fitness being monitored ahead of the Bayern clash, while David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois are again unavailable for selection.

Courtois, though, is in line to make his comeback against Cadiz on May 4, having made a quick recovery from a second knee operation of the season.

"Bellingham had a stomach problem and Rodrygo had the flu, but they can still travel. Mendy won't travel, he's fine but I prefer him to stay and work for the Champions League," Ancelotti told reporters during his press conference before it was revealed that Bellingham would not be involved.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on May 28, 2022© Reuters

Thibaut Courtois set to hand Real Madrid huge fitness boost

"I have to think hard about the line-up. The wear and tear has been great. I have to think about things. Courtois is fine, I think he will be available next week. He could play against Cadiz."

A win for Real Madrid against Real Sociedad would see them open up a 14-point advantage over second-placed Barcelona in the table.

"With all the excitement in the world, the objective is very clear. We are seven points away from winning La Liga and the objective is to do it as soon as possible. We will try to do our best to win," Ancelotti added.

"Until the mathematics don't give us the league, we have to fight. The dynamic is very good, it's important that we continue to compete. Win as much as possible. Winning is the best thing, that's why we have to win tomorrow."

Ancelotti is expected to make changes to his side for Friday's clash, with the Italian having one eye on the trip to Bayern next week due to the team's comfortable position in La Liga.

Real Madrid squad vs. Real Sociedad:

Lunin, Kepa, Fran; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Vazquez, F Garcia, Rudiger; Kroos, Modric, Camavinga, Valverde, Tchouameni, Ceballos, Guler; Vinicius, Rodrygo, Joselu, Brahim

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