La Liga: Real Madrid get major boost ahead of Valencia clash

Los Blancos currently occupy the top spot in the league

By Web Desk
March 01, 2024
Real Madrid players celebrate after scoring a goal. - AFP

Real Madrid got a major boost ahead of yet another crucial La Liga match against Valencia which will be played on Saturday at Mastella.

Madrid missed seven players during their last league match against Sevilla where they were able to record a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to a late strike by veteran midfielder Luka Modric.

However, things are not going to be the same as star midfielder Jude Bellingham has started training with the team and is likely to participate in the Mastella encounter.

Bellingham sustained an ankle injury against Girona in early February and has been absent for their last three matches. Real Madrid's goal tally during this period has been a mere three.

However, their performance hasn't been severely impacted, with dropped points occurring only in a 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano. Bellingham returned to training on Friday, with Ancelotti confirming his readiness to play.

“He is one hundred percent ready, everything he has done and needed to do on an individual level is fine, he is comfortable with his ankle, he is at his best, he is going to play,” Ancelotti told reporters in a pre-match presser.

Additionally, Ancelotti confirmed Joselu Mato's return from injury. The Spaniard had missed a couple of games due to ankle swelling, but has now recuperated earlier than expected.

This puts Real Madrid on the verge of full strength ahead of their match against Valencia and the upcoming Champions League fixture against RB Leipzig.

The team is only missing David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois, who are recovering from Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL_ injuries. Ancelotti mentioned that the Belgian and the Brazilian could make their return next month.

Remember, Los Blancos are fighting to claim their 36th league title as they currently stay on top of La Liga with 65 points from 26 matches. They are followed by Girona, who are second with 59 points from as many matches.