While Brazil may have begun their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign on a winning note, it came at the cost of an injury to superstar Neymar.
Indeed, the PSG attacker was at the receiving end up some very rough challenges from the Serbian national team on Thursday night and ultimately had to come off late on with an ankle issue.
Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lesmar has now confirmed that Neymar has injured his right ankle. And the Brazilian forward’s involvement for the remainder of the group stages of the World Cup is a major doubt.
And following the incident, MARCA reports that the Brazil camp feel Neymar was targetted by the Serbian national team during the game as the ex-Barcelona ace was on the receiving end of the most fouls on the night.
The report further adds that in the camp they are now worried that Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jr could be the next player to be targetted by opponents in a similar way to Neymar.
Vinicius has been in red-hot form this season for Real Madrid and managed to carry that to the international stage as he played a key role in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Serbia.
Over the course of the season, though, the 22-year-old has been at the receiving end of some harsh treatment from oppositions while playing for Real Madrid. And Brazil now fear that the trend might continue at the World Cup.
The Selecao, who are widely tipped as one of the favourites to win the tournament, play Switzerland up next in the group before facing Cameroon.
With Neymar potentially ruled out of both those matches, Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Rodrygo Goes, is understood to be in line to replace the seasoned superstar in the starting XI.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.