The ongoing international break has been going badly for Real Madrid, who have their two star players injured this week.
Eduardo Camavinga ruptured his knee during a training session with France, which was shortly followed by Vinicius Junior’s knock.
The Brazilian forward had started in the game against Colombia, but 27 minutes into the match, he had to be subbed off due to an injury. Everything suggests that the player could be out for at least a month.
Vinicius’ message to fans
Needless to say, the injury against Colombia meant Vinicius Junior had to cut short his stay with the Brazilian national team and had to return to Madrid.
Upon his arrival, the Real Madrid superstar released an optimistic message to his fans, suggesting that he will be soon back in action. Posting on social media, Vinicius wrote, “I will come back stronger.”
This is not the first time Vinicius has had to deal with injuries this season. The winger was suffering from a hamstring problem at the start of the campaign, which saw him sidelined for about a month.
Now, Vinicius is running the risk of missing the crucial December period, where Real Madrid would have required his skillset and productivity in front of goal.
Massive setback for Real Madrid
The injuries of Vinicius and Camavinga add to Real Madrid’s piling list, that too at a crucial stage of the campaign.
Even Jude Bellingham has been struggling with a knock whereas Arda Guler had to delay his return to the pitch. With that in mind, the coming month could be very important for Los Blancos.
During this period, it will be imperative for Carlo Ancelotti to manage his depleted squad well and perhaps utilise the talents coming out of the youth setup.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo