Bellingham and Real Madrid at a crossroads – the Englishman could miss the season and Euro 2024

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Real Madrid have had bad luck with injuries so far this season. Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao both tore their ligaments in August, while the likes of Vinicius Junior, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni have also picked up serious problems in recent weeks.

The situation could have been worse for Los Blancos. Squad leader Jude Bellingham suffered a dislocated shoulder against Rayo Vallecano earlier this month, and although he only missed one game, the 20-year-old is still suffering the effects.

According to The Athletic, the operation is a serious consideration for the Englishman and Real Madrid. Sources at the club – familiar with dealing with the type of injury the Englishman has suffered – believe surgery is a good option to fully resolve the issue.

At this stage, no date has been set for Bellingham to undergo surgery, if that proves to be what Real Madrid have done. The expectation would be for them to wait until the end of the season, but that would likely mean he misses Euro 2024 with England.

There are a lot of moving parts in this situation. The Spanish club will not want to lose the player for any period of time, so it is unlikely that he will undergo surgery in the middle of the season unless things take a drastic turn for the worse.

It could mean he misses next summer’s international tour, although the FA would probably have a say in that too.

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