Jude Bellingham will miss Real Madrid’s La Liga game against Valencia on Saturday due to a shoulder injury.

The 20-year-old midfielder suffered a shoulder injury after taking an awkward fall early in Sunday’s goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano. He was able to play the entire game but was an unused substitute in Wednesday’s Champions League group stage win over Braga.

Carlo Ancelotti had said during Friday’s pre-match press conference that he expected Bellingham to be available for Saturday’s game, but following assessments the club confirmed he would not play.

A Real Madrid statement said: “Following the tests carried out today on our player Jude Bellingham, he has been diagnosed with anterior instability of his left shoulder, a consequence of his recent dislocation. Bellingham is out of today’s game against Valencia.”

Bellingham has been named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for their upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia.

Carlo Ancelotti confirmed Bellingham will still appear for assessment for the England signing but does not expect him to feature for Southgate’s side.

“Yes, he is going to England, but he still needs to be assessed,” said Ancelotti. “If he can’t play today, he can’t play for England. He needs to specifically work on strengthening his shoulder and he will do that in the next few weeks. I think he can come back after the break.”

England have already secured their place at next summer’s tournament in Germany after defeating Italy in October and it remains to be seen whether or not Bellingham will report as planned.

Midfield colleague James Maddison has already been forced out of the squad due to an ankle injury.

After Saturday’s game against Valencia, Madrid will next face Cadiz on November 26th.

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