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Brazil fear Vinicius Jr could be targetted by oppositions at the World Cup

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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.

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report

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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

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Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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