Jude Bellingham’s dream start to life at Real Madrid hit a bump on Sunday after he suffered an injury during their goalless draw with Rayo Vallecano.
The England star has enjoyed a record-breaking beginning to his career in Spain but failed to deliver another trademark match-winning goal on Sunday.
The 20-year-old has wasted no time in becoming the main man at the Bernabeu, scoring a staggering 13 times in 14 appearances.
But Bellingham was unable to build upon his triumph at the Ballon d’Or ceremony as Madrid were held by Vallecano.
Part of that may have been due to a shoulder injury he sustained in the first half as Los Blancos missed an opportunity to return to the top of La Liga.
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Bellingham needed treatment after he went down clutching his shoulder at the Bernabeu.
The midfielder managed to complete the full 90 minutes but was seen with heavy strapping after the full-time whistle.
Bellingham will need further assessment to determine the severity of his injury, but Carlo Ancelotti hopes his star signing will be available for the Champions League this week.
The Real boss said: “Bellingham has a problem with his shoulder and will have tests tomorrow [Monday].
“It’s affected him a bit, but he was able to continue.
“Hopefully, it’s nothing serious and he’ll hopefully be available for Wednesday [against Braga].”
Bellingham was among the main threats for Madrid again as they managed 20 shots on target during their Sunday stalemate.
The former Borussia Dortmund man rattled the crossbar during the first half but was otherwise kept quiet.
There will now be a nervous wait to see if his unstoppable 2023 gets further disrupted through injury.
Bellingham was plagued by a troublesome knee injury earlier this year that forced him to play for months wearing a knee brace.
The same problem sidelined him for Dortmund’s final game of last season that ultimately saw the German giants throw away the Bundesliga title, while he later missed England’s Euro 2024 qualifiers in June.