Real Madrid were made to toil against Celta Vigo on Friday night at Municipal de Balaidos. They eventually marched home victors, but not without paying a price.
One of the most critical moments on the night came early on in the first half when Vinicius Jr tried to get onto the end of a lobbed pass.
The 23-year-old superstar suddenly jerked to a stop and went down holding his hamstring, sending fans across the globe into instant worry.
Vinicius’ injury could be more serious than anticipated
Even though he tried to soldier on, Vinicius eventually asked to be taken off the field with Joselu replacing him for the rest of the game.
Prima facie, his setback appeared to be nothing major.
According to reports from Sergio Quirante, the sensations around the Brazilian’s injury are not as positive after conducting the preliminary examination.
This comes as a big blow to Carlo Ancelotti’s plans at an early stage in the season, given how important a part of the team Vinicius is.
The manager’s optimism crushed
Speaking to the press after his team’s late 1-0 win over Celta Vigo, Carlo Ancelotti confirmed Vinicius’ injury but dismissed it as a relatively minor affair. He stated that the Brazilian, in fact, wished to play on and would be back soon.
“Vini Jr. wanted to continue and I don’t think it was too serious. He tried and it was niggling him a little bit, so we made the decision to replace him. I don’t think he’ll play against Getafe and the break will help him to recover for when we play again,” the Italian tactician said.
With the post-examination prognosis looking relatively unfavourable, it remains to be seen how the situation develops.
Vinicius will play no part in next weekend’s game, and one hopes the coming international break gives him enough time to recuperate for the gruelling games against Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid.
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.”