Real Madrid’s season went from bad to worse on Wednesday morning when scans revealed that Vinicius Junior has suffered torn ankle ligaments, and will miss two months of action.
The former Flamengo star was injured in the first half of Los Blancos’ Champions League disaster against Ajax.
However, his absence will be undoubtedly by a team that had relied on the teenager to produce moments of brilliance and creativity for much of the second half of the season.
You also have to feel a certain degree of sympathy for such a young player, especially as he was developing so well on the biggest stage.
Not only will he now be unable to make his international debut after Tite handed him his first senior call-up, but it will be difficult for him to make the Selecao squad for the Copa America.
Los Merengues on the other hand will definitely miss him for the domestic matches against Real Valladolid, Celta Vigo, Huesca, Valencia, Eibar and Leganes.
Vinicius’ injury opens the door for Marco Asensio to return to the starting line-up, as the former Real Mallorca winger hopes to build on his consolation strike against the Dutch giants.
Real Madridmade the extent of the Brazilian’s ailment clear in a statement released on Wednesday afternoon.
“After the tests conducted today on Vinicius Junior by the medical services of Real Madrid, he has been diagnosed with a torn ligament of the tibiofibular joint of the right leg, pending further evaluation,” the statement read.