Carlo Ancelotti, the manager of Real Madrid, has provided an injury update, confirming that the Brazilian attacker Vinicius Jr. has fully recovered from his thigh muscle injury. However, Ancelotti remains cautious about including Vinicius in the squad for the La Liga match against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
Vinicius Jr., 23, had suffered a thigh muscle injury during Real Madrid’s 1-0 league victory over Celta Vigo last month, initially facing an expected recovery period of five to six weeks. This injury also ruled him out of participating in Brazil’s opening FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers.
Real Madrid’s medical team had diagnosed Vinicius Jr. with an injury to the right biceps femoris muscle, and his progress had been under close monitoring. Recent reports had suggested that his recovery was progressing better than anticipated, potentially making him available for the upcoming match against Atletico.
Ancelotti has now confirmed that Vinicius Jr. is fully fit, emphasizing that there are no risks associated with his recovery. However, he stopped short of confirming the player’s inclusion in the squad, stating, “He wouldn’t be in the squad for the game. But we will see tomorrow.”
Real Madrid has enjoyed a strong start to the La Liga season, winning all five of their league matches and currently holding the top position in the standings.
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Vinicius Jr. has been a consistent performer for Real Madrid since joining the club in 2018. With 60 goals and 64 assists in 228 appearances across various competitions, the Brazilian has made a significant impact. This season, he has already contributed with a goal in three La Liga appearances, showcasing his importance to the team’s attack. However, his previous injury raised concerns, and his inclusion in the squad for the Atletico Madrid match remains uncertain.