Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 3:12 PM• Wessel Antes • Last update: 15:12

Vinícius Júnior will no longer play for Real Madrid in 2023, the Spanish superpower announced via official channels. The 23-year-old winger suffered a hamstring injury during Brazil’s lost 2-1 World Cup qualifying match in Colombia. The Royal Vinicius will have to miss no less than ten weeks.

With Vinícius in the team, there seemed to be no problem for Brazil, as Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal) Yellow Canaries had taken the lead after four minutes on Wednesday night. Real’s superstar even provided the assist for the opening goal in Barranquilla.

However, 22 minutes later Vinícius had to leave. Brighton & Hove Albion striker João Pedro was his replacement. After the retreat of the lightning-fast pest, Brazil completely lost control of the match. A double from Liverpool striker Luis Díaz defeated the Brazilians.

It now appears that the lost evening in Colombia is even more annoying for Vinícius, who is reportedly out of action for at least two and a half months. The right leg is now back in Madrid to work on his recovery, after it became clear earlier that he would not make it to the top match between Brazil and Argentina in his native country anyway. That’s not the only big match Vinícius will miss.

Vinícius will not return to Real until 2024 and will therefore miss the battle for the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. Vinícius will also miss the last group matches in the Champions League. Trainer Carlo Ancelotti will be extra disappointed, as he can use his pupil well in the Spanish title battle.

It was announced on Friday that Eduardo Camavinga’s calendar year is also over. The Frenchman was injured lesson Bleus and will not return to Ancelotti’s selection until the end of January.

The Italian trainer will also have to do without Arda Güler, Kepa Arribazalaga, Thibaut Courtois, Aurélien Tchouaméni and Éder Militão in the near future. Courtois and Militão in particular are suffering from long-term injuries.