Real Madrid have been dealt with another injury blow two months into the season as Vinicius Jr has picked up his second injury of the campaign while on international duty with the Brazilian national team.
Vini started the game against Colombia yesternight, and even assisted the first goal for Brazil through Gabriel Martinelli, but was taken out in the 27th minute after going down to a tackle from Davinson Sanchez.
The injury was not considered too serious at the time, but a new report from Fabrizio Romano has stated that the 23-year-old left the Brazilian national team camp today after medical tests in the morning.
He will travel back to Madrid tonight so the club can assess his injury and swiftly start his recovery. Fortunately for them, the injury has been deemed less serious than his last one.
Vinicius suffered from a hamstring injury earlier this season, going down in pain against Celta Vigo on 25th August. He had to miss an entire month’s worth of games, and eventually only returned against Las Palmas in late September.
Madrid are already seriously hamstrung with their lack of offensive depth this season, and cannot afford to lose Vinicius ahead of a key part of the campaign. Luckily for them, they have already qualified for the Champions League round of 16.
Injuries piling up for Real Madrid
Vinicius is not the only Madrid player who has endured a serious injury during this international break. Eduardo Camavinga ruptured his external lateral ligament in his right knee while training with France, and will also return to Madrid.
Meanwhile, Jude Bellingham is also suffering from an injury, while Arda Guler has already relapsed and is yet to make his debut for the record UCL winners.
Madrid are also without both their first-choice goalkeepers right now in Thibaut Courtois and Kepa Arrizabalaga, while Aurelien Tchouameni is expected to be out until January.
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.