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BREAKING: Rodrygo starts, Brahim out with stomach flu

Brahim won’t be on the bench.

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Real Madrid confirmed their starting lineup over an hour ago and Brahim Diaz was set to start alongside Joselu, with Rodrygo on the bench. However, the club later changed that decision and announced that Rodrygo will feature in the starting lineup because Brahim has stomach flu-like symptoms which will prevent him from even sitting on the bench.

Rodrygo felt some discomfort with his knee after Brazil’s match against Argentina and that’s likely the reason why Ancelotti decided to start Brahim in the first place. The Brazilian attacker might not be 100% ready to play yet Ancelotti has no other reliable option in the squad.

Therefore, Bellingham, Rodrygo and Joselu will lead the team’s offensive line in what should be a must win game for Real Madrid after Barcelona’s draw against Rayo Vallecano. Los Blancos have a golden opportunity to increase their gap over Xavi’s men.

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