An insight into the plans of Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti to account for the absence of star midfielder Jude Bellingham in the club’s meeting with RB Leipzig has been provided.
This, of course, comes with Bellingham set to miss out at the Red Bull Arena through injury.
After being forced into a premature departure from Real’s weekend drubbing of Girona in La Liga, the England international was subsequently diagnosed with a high ankle sprain, sidelining him for what could be as long as three weeks.
Los Blancos, in turn, will be forced to navigate their coming fixtures sans the services of their standout performer across the season to date.
So, starting with Tuesday’s return to action on the continent, how will Ancelotti and co. navigate their Champions League Last-16 first-leg showdown with RB Leipzig?
As things stand, all signs point towards Brahim Díaz getting the nod.
As per a report from Diario AS, the diminutive attacking midfielder is considered the ‘clearest’ replacement for Bellingham in Real’s squad.
Brahim has shone bright when afforded the opportunity of late, with his performances looking set to be rewarded by way of a prominent role in Los Merengues’ XI not only on Tuesday, but over the weeks to come.
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