Real Madrid have been struck with a series of untimely injuries to key players in all departments of the squad.
Thibaut Courtois, Arda Guler, Eder Militao, and now Vinicius Jr. have all fallen victim to injuries, with these crucial cogs now expected to miss important portions of the campaign.
Vinicius sustained the injury last Friday while playing against Celta Vigo in the Merengues‘ most recent La Liga match.
The time estimated for his absence is said to be around six weeks, which is a massive blow for Real Madrid who were particularly counting on their star man in Karim Benzema’s absence.
Real Madrid will not sign a replacement
The depletion of forwards and losing a player as important to Carlo Ancelotti’s system as Vinicius raised the possibility of Real Madrid entering the market for a replacement.
But, as it turns out, according to COPE, the Royal Whites have no intentions of entering the market and essentially consider their work done in the window, with merely a few days left before the conclusion of the transfer window.
Real Madrid are believed to not be keen on making a rush-buy and will look to ride out the storm until Vinicius is back on the football pitch.
Real Madrid may alter their plans
Instead of going for a direct replacement in the market, Los Blancos will undeniably have to shake up their system.
Real Madrid could either return to a more classic 4-3-3 formation, with Joselu undertaking the striker position while he is accompanied by Rodrygo and Fede Valverde on the flanks.
Conversely, the coaching staff may persist with the diamond formation, and utilize Rodrygo and Joselu in a front two, with Jude Bellingham continuing to operate as the No. 10 behind the forwards.
It remains to be seen what route Ancelotti chooses, but it has become increasingly clear that the club are prepared to find solutions in-house rather than looking for external aid in the market.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”