Real Madrid superstar to miss Champions League round of 16 first leg with Jude Bellingham sprained ankle

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Jude Bellingham’s outstanding first season with Real Madrid will be briefly halted for a few weeks after the midfielder sprained his ankle. 4-0 win over Girona on Saturday.

The player was evaluated on Sunday when he was officially diagnosed with the problem. The injury is expected to keep him out for several weeks, meaning he will miss the first leg of Real Madrid’s round of 16 tie against RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. Bellingham is also expected to miss three La Liga matches but could return in time for the second leg of the Leipzig tie on March 6.

Bellingham scored twice against Girona and now has 16 goals in league play this season, as well as four in the Champions League. He has been central to Real Madrid’s success so far this season, including their current position in La Liga, but given the schedule and the recent form of the team’s other attackers, they should be able to survive in Bellingham’s absence.

Real Madrid have scored 12 goals in their last five games, with Vinicius Jr leading the way with three goals, including one against Girona. The likes of Joselu and Rodrigo have also contributed to their goal tally and will depend on him over the next few weeks, including games against teams at the bottom of the La Liga table.

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