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Real Madrid believe injured superstar could be ready for Spanish Super Cup semi-final vs Atletico

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During the international break last month, Real Madrid were dealt a double injury blow as Eduardo Camavinga and Vinicius Jr. returned from the France and Brazil camps, respectively, with fitness problems.

It was soon reported that their year was over and that the key pair would not play again in the remainder of 2023.

In fact, in the case of Vinicius Jr. it was even suggested that he might not return until February 2024, in time for the first leg of the UCL Round of 16.

Vinicius could return for Spanish Super Cup

But it appears that Vinicius’ recovery is going rather well, with MARCA reporting that the Real Madrid forward stepped out on the grass and trained with the ball today.

While this is certainly a step in the right direction, it does not mean that the 23-year-old will be returning before the mid-season break later this month.

But the report adds that Vinicius’ main objective is to get fully fit and ready in time for Real Madrid’s Spanish Super Cup match next month.

Vinicius could return earlier than expected. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Los Blancos face local rivals Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup semi-finals on January 10 in Saudi Arabia, and there is belief within the club that Vinicius will be back in time for the blockbuster encounter.

If that is how things turn out, it will be a huge boost for Real Madrid, for the Brazilian is one of their most important players.

It is true that the likes of Rodrygo Goes and Brahim Diaz have stepped up in a big way in recent matches.

But having the Brazilian superstar back in the squad, especially for the semi-finals and possibly the finals of the Spanish Super Cup next month will be an added shot of confidence for the team.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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