According to Carlo Ancelotti, it is unlikely that Jude Bellingham will participate in England’s European Championship qualifiers against Malta at Wembley and North Macedonia away.
A shoulder injury resulted in the midfielder being unable to participate in Madrid’s 5-1 win against Valencia on Saturday night. The Madrid manager stated that the midfielder would travel in order to be evaluated by England’s doctors, but also advised against playing.
Bellingham was injured in the first half of the game against Rayo Vallecano last Sunday when he fell while attempting to control a low ball with his chest. Although he played the entire 90 minutes with his shoulder taped, he was not included in Madrid’s Champions League match against Braga in the middle of the week.
He was selected to join the team for the match against Valencia on Saturday, as Ancelotti expressed confidence that he would play unless there were any unexpected circumstances. However, he was later removed from the lineup before the game.
“I anticipate his return to Spain soon after he undergoes evaluation,” stated Ancelotti following the match. “As he was unable to play today, he will not be able to join the English team. He needs to focus on targeted exercises to strengthen his shoulder, which he will do over the next few weeks. I believe he will be ready to play again after the international break.”
England has already secured their spot in Euro 2024, but they are aiming to become one of the top six seeded teams for the finals in Germany.