Real Madrid Manager Carlo Ancelotti has hinted at the possible return of star forward Vinicius Junior for the highly anticipated Madrid derby against Atletico Madrid on Sunday. However, the club’s medical department may have other plans. Vinicius suffered an injury in mid-August during the match against Celta Vigo, with initial estimates suggesting a recovery time of around six weeks, ruling him out until at least October.
Despite the prognosis, Vinicius has been working tirelessly to expedite his return to the pitch. After Real Madrid’s recent victory against Union Berlin, Ancelotti dropped hints that the Brazilian youngster could be included in the squad for the derby. However, according to Sergio Quirante of DAZN, the Atletico Madrid clash may come too soon for the 23-year-old.
The club’s stance is clear: they prioritize Vinicius’ long-term fitness over short-term gains. Real Madrid believes that before he can run, he must learn to walk. They are determined not to rush his recovery and risk further setbacks. While Vinicius has showcased his exceptional physicality over the past year, it is crucial for Los Blancos to have him fully fit if they are to challenge for titles this season.
This cautious approach from Real Madrid might lead to frustration for both Vinicius and Atletico Madrid’s manager, Diego Simeone. However, it is a risk that Real Madrid deems unnecessary at this stage of the season. With a long campaign ahead, it is better to err on the side of caution and ensure Vinicius’ complete recovery.