The international break has been a bearer of bad news for Real Madrid as they have already lost two key players to fresh injuries.
Earlier today, Los Blancos announced that Eduardo Camavinga had ruptured a ligament in his right knee, and that is expected to keep him out of action for at least two months.
Hours before the announcement regarding Camavinga, Real Madrid had been greeted with more bad news as star forward Vinicius Jr. had suffered an injury during Brazil’s game against Colombia.
Vinicius expected to be out for a month
Vinicius Jr. was part of the starting lineup for Brazil against Colombia in their FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifying fixture away in Barranquilla.
However, just 27 minutes into the game, the Brazilian had to be subbed off after he went down clutching his thigh.
Vinicius has stayed with the Brazil camp where he will undergo further examinations and Real Madrid are waiting for the results, but the initial feelings are not good.
And, journalist Melchor Ruiz of COPE is reporting that all signs point towards the Real Madrid #7 being out for a period of one month at the very least.
The winger suggested after the game that his latest injury was similar in nature to the one he had suffered earlier this campaign, which had sidelined him for a little over a month.
And a similar situation could ensue with the Brazilian again, although, Real Madrid are still awaiting test results from his national team to assess the severity of the winger’s injury.
Real Madrid youngster in line for significant minutes against Granada – report
Nico Paz was long hyped as Real Madrid Castilla’s brightest upcoming star. The media constantly kept the spotlight on the young Argentine through pre-season as he made a strong impression under Carlo Ancelotti in preseason.
His breakthrough eventually arrived, courtesy of Real Madrid’s injury crisis. He has now made two appearances for the team in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League and even recorded his first goal for the club earlier this week against Napoli.
Taking his chances
As revealed by AS (h/t The Madrid Zone), Paz has impressed management with his cameo against Napoli and will be called up for Real Madrid’s clash against Granada tomorrow.
In fact, there is a good chance he sees significant game time on the night.
After all, Ancelotti is without the likes of Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga in the middle of the park.
With Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, Federico Valverde, and Jude Bellingham filling the starting spots, Paz serves as the manager’s first-choice backup off the bench.
Paz voices his elation
Paz’s introduction against Napoli changed the texture of the game, and it was only poetic that he got the goal that put Real Madrid ahead again on the night.
Speaking to the media after his special night, the Castilla star did not hold back on his emotions.
“This is a dream. For a moment I didn’t even believe it. Very happy to be able to help the team. I dared. I was in automatic mode, I didn’t even know what I was doing. I hit it and well.”
“This is also a message for the other youth players: it is possible to get there. Ancelotti congratulated me, and the whole staff. They are an incredible group and I want to thank them all,” he added, urging his Castilla teammates to keep pushing.