After a series of tests and diagnostics, Real Madrid have finally confirmed the injury of Vinicius Junior.
The attacker, who picked up a knock in the recent win against Celta Vigo, has been diagnosed with an injury to the right biceps femoris muscle.
Vinicius has been subsequently ruled out for six weeks due to injury, as the player looks to focus on his recovery.
Vinicius Junior could miss eight games
Following the confirmation of Vinicius Junior’s thigh injury, he could miss up to eight competitive matches for Real Madrid, six of which will come in La Liga.
The other two are Champions League group-stage encounters.
Vinicius is pegged to return in the middle of October, which means the striker may also end up missing a few of Brazil’s international fixtures against Venezuela and Uruguay.
List of matches Vinicius is set to miss
- Getafe (H, Sep 2)
- Real Sociedad (H, Sep 16)
- UCL Group Stage Matchday 1 (Sep 19/20)
- Atletico Madrid (A, Sep 24)
- Las Palmas (H, Sep 27)
- Girona (A, Oct 1)
- UCL Group Stage Matchday 2 (Oct 3/4)
- Osasuna (H, Oct 8)
Real Madrid will certainly feel the attacker’s absence in the Madrid derby. His lack of presence will also be felt in the Champions League matches.
Not to mention, the club have limited options in the attacking unit, so it will really be up to players such as Rodrygo and Joselu to step up during this period.
If everything goes well, Vinicius Junior could make a return to the pitch against Sevilla on October 22. But Real Madrid would hope to have him much sooner than that.
Injured Real Madrid defender will undergo scans tomorrow – report
Real Madrid have started the 2023/24 campaign on a strong note, winning six in six across all competitions.
What makes the streak even more impressive is that they have had to do so without a number of key players present.
Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, Arda Guler and Vinicius Jr are still out on the sidelines while Dani Ceballos and Ferland Mendy have only recently returned from injury.
But, earlier this week, Dani Carvajal became the latest victim of the injury course as he sustained a muscle issue that ruled him out of the match against Union Berlin last night.
Carvajal will undergo MRI tomorrow
Carvajal had been in fine form prior to his injury earlier this week and his absence is certainly a blow.
With a game against Atletico Madrid coming up later this weekend, Mario Cortegana of The Athletic is reporting that the 31-year-old will undergo his MRI scans tomorrow morning.
It should present a clearer picture of the extent of the veteran right-back’s injury following which a potential date for his return could be determined.
Prior to the Union Berlin match, manager Carlo Ancelotti sounded optimistic about Carvajal’s condition, as he said:
“Carvajal has an overload, we prefer not to take any risks. It’s nothing serious, he’ll undergo tests tomorrow and we hope he recovers soon. Carvajal can make it to the derby. The feelings are good.”
But tomorrow’s scans should provide a better picture of how his condition is and when he can make a comeback.
Lucas Vazquez: an able deputy
With Dani Carvajal unavailable, Carlo Ancelotti turned to Lucas Vazquez for the right-back position and the veteran Spaniard did not disappoint last night.
Indeed, the 32-year-old was a regular outlet going forward down the right flank and made six key passes against Union Berlin.
And Ancelotti will count on him again in the derby versus Atleti if Carvajal’s recovery will take longer.