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Injured Real Madrid star’s latest test results positive, but remains a doubt for derby

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Real Madrid have been inflicted with an array of injuries this season, as crucial players have been forced to spend time out of action on the sidelines.

Vinicius Jr. was one of the players who fell prey to it after he picked up an injury to his right thigh in the clash against Celta Vigo this season.

While initially the blow appeared negligible, scans later confirmed that the Brazilian star’s injury was more concerning than anticipated, with reports that he would miss up to six weeks of action.

Now, Mario Cortegana has come out to provide an update on the €150 million-rated forward’s situation.

Good results

As per the report, Vinicius underwent a medical examination yesterday, with the club looking to evaluate the progress of his recovery.

Optimistically, the results have been labeled good, but a concrete date for his return has not yet been agreed upon.

The ongoing international break allows Vinicius to recover peacefully without having to worry about missing any games with Real Madrid.

However, it is said that the likelihood of Vinicius participating in the highly-anticipated Madrid derby later this month is looking improbable.

The Merengues lock horns against Real Sociedad and Union Berlin immediately after the international break, with Atletico Madrid set to host the third game post-international break.

Real Madrid will be awaiting Vincius’ return anxiously

Vinicius is a key part of Ancelotti’s setup. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

It is no secret that following the departure of Karim Benzema, Vinicius’ presence holds even more weight.

Although Jude Bellingham has been taking care of the scoring charts with a spectacular start in the Spanish league, Vinicius is Real Madrid’s centre-piece in attack.

In fact, the Brazilian superstar has even been nominated for the Ballon d’Or 2023 after his stunning previous campaign.

Real Madrid will be hoping to have Vinicius back at the earliest possible without rushing him back and risking a relapse.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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