Real Madrid’s forward, Vinicius Junior, is facing a potential month-long absence due to a thigh injury sustained during Brazil’s recent match against Colombia.
The 23-year-old underwent imaging exams, confirming damage to his posterior left thigh muscle, as announced by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Friday.
Consequently, he will be sidelined for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Argentina, a crucial match in Rio de Janeiro.
Vinicius was forced to leave the field in the 27th minute of the 2-1 defeat to Colombia in the 2026 World Cup qualification fixture.
Although a thorough medical examination is pending to assess the severity of the injury, initial reports from journalist Melchor Ruiz suggest that the talented attacker could be out of action for the next month.
Vinicius himself had expressed doubts about his fitness for the Argentina clash, indicating a challenging recovery ahead.
In an interview with 3 na Área following the encounter with Colombia, Vinicius stated: “I got hit, and it hurts. I will have tests in the next 24 hours.”
“I feel the injury is the same as last time.”
“I’ll try to play vs Argentina but medical staff told me it’s difficult.”
The forward has been in impressive form for Carlo Ancelotti’s team in the 2023-24 season, notching up six goals and four assists in 13 appearances.
However, his campaign saw a setback when he missed four games earlier due to a hamstring issue.
Despite Vinicius expressing hope for a return in the upcoming match against Argentina, it appears highly improbable that he will receive clearance to participate.
As Brazil strives to avoid a third consecutive defeat in their World Cup qualification campaign, they face a crucial showdown against Argentina on November 21.
Looking ahead, Real Madrid is scheduled to resume action against Cadiz on November 26, followed by a significant clash against Napoli in the Champions League to conclude the month.
As a result, there’s a possibility that he may not be available for the upcoming matches against Cadiz (Away), Napoli (Home), Granada (Home), Real Betis (Away), Union Berlin (Away), and Villarreal (Home).
His participation in the match against Alaves (Away), the final game before the Christmas break, remains uncertain and will be determined closer to the date.
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