Things keep getting worse for Real Madrid on the injury front as key forward Vinicius Jr. was injured during Brazil’s FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Colombia last night in Barranquilla.
Real Madrid had already lost Eduardo Camavinga for two months after he injured his knee during training with the French national team.
And now, to compound the issues, Vinicius has also injured himself while in action for Brazil against Colombia.
What happened with Vinicius?
Vinicius was part of the starting lineup for Brazil against Colombia, but did not even last half an hour on the pitch in Barranquilla.
Just 27 minutes into the contest, the Real Madrid and Brazil forward pulled up with an issue and was soon taken off for Joao Pedro.
As per ESPN journalist Gustavo Hofman is reporting that the Brazilian winger has suffered an injury in his left thigh, similar to what he had sustained earlier in the season, although it was in his right thigh back then.
Even though it is understood that the 23-year-old does not feel a lot of pain, early sensations are not good.
Vinicius will be undergoing further tests today to determine the extent and the severity of his injury, based on which a call on whether he will stay with Brazil or return to Madrid will be made.
What did Vinicius say?
Vinicius Jr. spoke to the media after Brazil’s 1-2 loss to Colombia and provided an update on his condition.
“I think it’s the same as last time,” the Real Madrid ace said about his injury.
“I took a hit there and it got a little bit painful later on,” he added.
As things stand, the 23-year-old is unlikely to feature for Brazil against Argentina and it remains to be seen how long he remains sidelined.
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.