Real Madrid are grappling with the reverberations of Vinicius Junior’s injury, which is a moment of panic within the club.
The young Brazilian will be sidelined for an extensive six weeks after it was confirmed that he has a torn biceps femoris in his right leg.
This unfortunate setback might lead him to miss up to eight pivotal matches, encompassing six crucial league games and additional fixtures in the UEFA Champions League.
The absence of Vinicius Jr presents a formidable challenge for the Real Madrid head coach, Carlo Ancelotti, given that he was the team’s most adept player at unbalancing opponents.
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This predicament is compounded by the team’s thinning forward lineup, now reduced to a mere trio: Rodrygo, Joselu, and Brahim Diaz.
Among the aforementioned trio, while Diaz finds himself trailing in Carlo Ancelotti’s attacking plans, he remains an underdog in the competition for minutes.
This scenario has coincided with Vinicius’ unfortunate injury, giving the former AC Milan loanee to finally step up for the team, reports Mundo Deportivo.
This opens up a vacancy for the 24-year-old, either as a potential starter or an impactful substitute off the bench.
Furthermore, Vinicius’ absence also initiates a potential strategic shift, with Ancelotti contemplating a return to the 4-3-3 formation.
This transformation could favour Diaz’s integration on the right wing, capitalizing on his adaptability and prior experience as a midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 configuration during his time at Milan.
While Vinicius’ injury undoubtedly poses a substantial challenge for Real Madrid, it simultaneously bestows a golden opportunity upon Diaz.
This turn of events could mark a pivotal juncture in his season, ushering in a period of increased prospects and playing time, thereby reshaping his trajectory within the team.
What will the rest of the attack look like?
Rodrygo emerges as the natural contender to step into Vinicius’ shoes on the left wing. This particular territory has always showcased Rodrygo’s strengths and abilities, setting the stage for a seamless transition.
Joselu, on the other hand, assumed the responsibility of filling the void when Vinicius had to be substituted in the 18th minute during the Celta Vigo match.
Having already amassed playing time in victories against Athletic Club and Almeria, Joselu played a pivotal role in the match against Celta, featuring for over 70 minutes and playing an instrumental role in Jude Bellingham’s decisive goal.
Real Madrid very happy with future star Endrick, eagerly awaiting his arrival in 2024 – Romano
Real Madrid’s attacking unit has been crippled by the loss of Karim Benzema earlier in the summer, which was followed by the loss of Vinicius Jr due to injury.
Although Vinicius has returned, there is much left to be desired from the Madrid frontline as we progress through to the season.
Real Madrid, though, are waiting on the arrival of Endrick. The young Brazilian is set to join the Real Madrid squad in the summer of 2024 when he turns 18.
Real Madrid impressed by Endrick
Endrick has already started his preparation for his pending move to Santiago Bernabeu, having performed exceptionally well in his native Brazil this year.
The youngster is constantly working on his game, in order to further improve himself as an attacker. It has left Real Madrid quite happy and eager for his arrival, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist claims that Real Madrid have been keeping close tabs on everything Endrick has been doing, on and off the pitch, at Palmeiras.
And they have received very good reports on the 17-year-old, with the club impressed by how he is putting efforts to improve himself both performance-wise and in other facets.
Despite there being some question marks over his performances, the teenage forward is starting to showcase his potential, having scored five goals in five starts for Palmeiras.
Endrick also learning new languages
Endrick is not only just working on his performance. In fact, the Brazilian is also learning other languages in order to quickly settle into life in Spain.
The youngster can speak Portuguese, but he may have to master Spanish during his time at Santiago Bernabeu.
As mentioned earlier, Endrick can already speak Portuguese, which should go a long way in helping him team up with fellow Brazilians Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.
Even Eder Militao can speak Portuguese, which should make it easier for Endrick to adapt to life in Spain, at least for the next year or so.