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Southgate sweats on Jude as he joins walking wounded


JUDE BELLINGHAM leads a cast of injury doubts ahead of England’s final two Euro 2024 qualifiers with Real Madrid saying he will miss the next two weeks with a shoulder injury. Head coach Gareth Southgate is bracing himself for a host of withdrawal­s before Friday’s clash against Malta at Wembley and next Monday’s game in North Macedonia. Real Madrid star Bellingham is the most high-profile, having missed Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing of Valencia in La Liga. The 20-year-old has set Spain alight this season with 13 goals in 14 games since joining Real for £113m. Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is also expected to pull out with a hamstring injury, while Brighton centre back Lewis Dunk is carrying a groin problem that caused him to miss yesterday’s draw against Sheffield United. Levi Colwill is hopeful of being passed fit after missing Chelsea’s pulsating 4-4 draw with Manchester City yesterday with a shoulder socket problem, while his Blues team-mate Conor Gallagher received lengthy treatment on an ankle injury but finished the game. Tottenham’s James Maddison has already withdrawn from the squad after suffering a long-term ankle injury in last Monday’s defeat against Chelsea. Eddie Nketiah, Anthony Gordon, Eberechi Eze, Cole Palmer and Jarrad Branthwait­e are among the players on Southgate’s radar if he chooses to draft in any replacemen­ts for the injury withdrawal­s. Experience­d duo Raheem Sterling and James Ward-Prowse, who are both in excellent form for their clubs, will also be hoping for a call-up. Elsewhere in Europe, England captain Harry Kane set a new Bundesliga record with 17 goals in his first 11 games after a first-half brace in Bayern Munich’s 4-2 win over Heidenheim. Bayer Leverkusen remain top with 10 wins and a draw. In Spain, Robert Lewandowsk­i’s double led Barcelona to a 2-1 win over Alaves, having gone behind in the first minute.

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