Jude Bellingham is a major doubt for England’s upcoming matches against Malta and North Macedonia after Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelloti said the 20-year-old “cannot play” due to a shoulder injury.
Bellingham was forced to withdraw from Real Madrid’s squad for the 5-1 win over Valenica on Saturday and has now missed the club’s last two matches because of the problem.
The 20-year-old was injured in the match against Rayo Vallecano last weekend and had to wear a heavy shoulder strap after a fall.
Bellingham, who starred in England’s 3-1 win over Italy last month as Gareth Southgate’s side booked their place at Euro 2024, is expected to report to the November camp for assessment but Ancelotti is not expected to play. His players should be present.
“He will go for assessment but I hope he comes back [in Spain] come back quickly,” Ancelotti said on Saturday night. “If he doesn’t play today, he can’t play for England.
“He has to do specific work to strengthen his shoulder and he will do that in the coming weeks. After the international break, I think he will be able to play again.”
James Maddison and Callum Wilson have withdrawn from the England squad due to injury, with the Three Lions taking on Malta at Wembley on Friday 17 November and then away to North Macedonia on Monday 20 November.
Maddison has been ruled out until the new year after suffering an ankle injury in Tottenham’s defeat to Chelsea on Monday night as Ange Postecoglou confirmed it was “worse than we thought”.
Wilson injured his hamstring in Newcastle’s defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek and missed Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Bournemouth.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe then revealed Wilson would be sidelined. He said: “Callum will not travel with the England team. He will be out for a few weeks.”