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Vinicius Jr remains a doubt for Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano despite suspension reversal



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Real Madrid were handed a major boost as the RFEF decided to rescind Vinicius Jr’s red card, which he picked up against Valencia.

The forward, who was a victim of racial abuse by Valencia supporters, is now eligible to play against Rayo Vallecano tonight. The reversal of the suspension came as a shock to many, including Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez.

Nevertheless, it is unlikely Vinicius Junior will play against Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu later tonight.

Mario Cortegana of The Athletic suggests his involvement will depend on how the player is feeling heading into the game as he is dealing with a minor knee injury. He will undergo tests on today morning to determine if he will feature.

As things stand, the feeling is that it is ‘very difficult’ that he will against Rayo, especially after what he has gone through these past few days.

The Brazilian, who has been involved in over 40 goals in all competitions this season, has received unwavering support from athletes across the sporting world.

Real Madrid themselves are preparing a massive show of support for Vinicius against Rayo Vallecano. Even if the forward does not play tonight, he will be present in the stadium and will witness a large banner from Real Madrid condemning racism.

Although Vinicius is dejected following the events that unfolded at the weekend, he is expected to attend the game. But it is not fully confirmed he won’t take part in the game tonight, and much will depend on the outcome of the tests he undergoes.

Vinicius could take part in Real Madrid’s remaining matches in La Liga, though, including the game against Sevilla on Saturday. If he does not play tonight, the Brazilian will look to end the campaign on a positive note by scoring in the last couple of matches against Sevilla and Athletic Club respectively.

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Bayern Munich wonderkid praises Real Madrid rising star ahead of UCL showdown



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Real Madrid will lock horns with Bayern Munich next week in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals at the Allianz Arena.

It will be a battle of two heavyweight clubs in Europe, which will also pit two of the most exciting young midfielders against each other in the form of Jude Bellingham and Jamal Musiala.

Bellingham and Musiala know each other well, having spent time together with the England youth national teams before facing one another in the Bundesliga when the former was at Borussia Dortmund.

With the two players now set to come face-to-face next week, Musiala had word of praise for Bellingham, stressing how the Real Madrid star never shies away from a challenge.

“Jude and I were teammates for many years with the Young Lions (England youth team), played a few games together and we have been good friends ever since,” Musiala told SportBILD (h/t AS).

“I’m happy that things are going so well for him. He’s very confident about himself and does not shy away from big challenges,” the German international added.

Bellingham has had an exceptional start at Real Madrid. (Photo by Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images for Laureus)

Further heaping praise for the explosive start Bellingham made at Real Madrid this season, Musiala remarked:

“Of course, Bellingham’s start with Real Madrid is not normal. Usually a new player in the team in another country has to adapt, but it did not surprise me much, because I know Jude’s mentality perfectly.”

Interestingly, Musiala has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for 2025, with his contract at Bayern Munich expiring in 2026.

While the rumours persist, the young German attacking midfielder shared his excitement about facing Los Blancos in the Champions League as well as the prospect of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“I’m really looking forward to the game against Real Madrid and the legendary Santiago Bernabeu. Two of the best teams in Europe will face each other. These are big games,” Musiala said.

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