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Official: Real Madrid confirm Vinicius Jr.’s thigh injury; could be out until February 2024

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In a devastating blow, Real Madrid have officially confirmed that star forward Vinicius Jr. has torn the femoral biceps muscle in his left thigh.

The injury occurred during Brazil’s game against Colombia in Barranquilla earlier this week, with the attacker being taken off in the first half itself.

Vinicius returned to Madrid and was examined by the club’s medical staff earlier today following which the worst possibility has been confirmed.

“Following tests carried out today on our player Vinicius Jr. by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a tear in the biceps femoris with involvement of the distal tendon in his left leg. Pending evolution,” the club’s statement read.

Out until February next year

Initially, it was expected that the forward could be out for only six weeks, but it appears that he will be on the treatment tables for much longer.

Journalist Arancha Rodriguez and several other reliable media personnel are reporting that Vinicius Jr. will be out on the sidelines for at least two and a half months.

This would essentially mean that the 23-year-old Real Madrid superstar will be out of action until February 2024 at the very least.

This comes as a major blow for Real Madrid considering how important the attacker is for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Vinicius had become the focal point in the Merengues’ attack this season following Karim Benzema’s departure and his absence will hurt the team at a crucial juncture in the season.

Not only will he miss several key La Liga games, but the 23-year-old will also be ruled out of the Spanish Super Cup in January as well as the early stages of the Copa del Rey.

The hope will be that the Brazilian returns in time for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, for which Real Madrid ahve already qualified.

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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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