The ongoing international break has brought unpleasant developments in Real Madrid’s camp.
Both Eduardo Camavinga and Vinicius Jr. suffered relatively serious injuries on duty with their respective national teams and are both expected to miss the rest of the year.
The duo joins the team’s long list of injured players which already includes the likes of Eder Militao, Thibaut Courtois, Kepa Arrizabalaga, and Aurelien Tchouameni, further compromising Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.
FIFA will compensate the club
Earlier this week, reports brought out the estimated compensation Real Madrid would receive for Camavinga’s injury to be around €1 million.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the situation with Vinicius Jr. is similar.
FIFA will begin to compensate Real Madrid for the Brazilian winger’s absence from December 14th, 28 days after his injury on international duty.
Los Blancos will receive €20,548 per day thereafter, and considering that the player will be out for 10 weeks, they will add at least €863.016 to their coffers.
A brutal blow
It is clear at this point that Vinicius Jr. is fundamental to Real Madrid’s plans. He is one of the team’s X factors on the field and often the spark that brings home three points.
Having suffered a blow to his femoral biceps, the youngster is expected to be out until February 2024 in the worst-case scenario.
The team will merit higher financial compensation if Vinicius is ruled out for longer, but his value on the field far exceeds the monetary compensation.
After all, he will not only miss decisive games in La Liga and Copa del Rey, but also sit out of the Spanish Super Cup in January.
Ancelotti will hope that the likes of Rodrygo and Joselu step up in his absence, but no one can quite replicate the young phenom’s impact on the game.
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.