With Castilla about to go into the play-offs for promotion to Segunda División A, Vinicius could drop back down to give the ‘B’ team a hand – at least, Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) rules do not prevent the 18-year-old from doing so…
The RFEF permits players under 23 who are registered as reserve-squad members to switch between clubs’ first and second teams “without limitations”. Vinicius fulfils these criteria as he is still officially listed as a Castilla player.
However, although the regulations offer no obstacle towards Vinicius turning out for Castilla after a six-month hiatus – he last played for the side in a 1-1 draw with Celta B on 21 October – international commitments may render the rule book moot.
Brazil coach Tite is due to name his squad for this summer’s Copa América later this week, and the uncapped winger appears well placed to be included. This would definitively rule him out of the play-offs, as they would clash with the Seleçao’s tournament preparations.