Real Madrid have confirmed that Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior suffered ligament damage in his right leg during the Champions League defeat to Ajax on Tuesday night and the 18-year-old could face a spell of two months on the sidelines.
The club communiqué did not specify how long Vinicius’ recovery would take but medical sources suggested that the type of injury the Brazilian has sustained could keep him out of action for up to eight weeks.
It will come as a huge blow not only to Madrid, for whom Vinicius has been a bright spark in an otherwise forgettable season, but to the player as well. Brazil coach Tite had called up the youngster for friendlies against Panama and the Czech Republic later this month but he will now have to wait for the opportunity to make his senior international debut.
In domestic matters, Vinicius will miss Liga fixtures against Valladolid, Celta, Huesca, Valencia, Eibar, Leganés, Athletic, Getafe, Rayo and Villarreal as Madrid attempt to ensure a top-four finish and another crack at the Champions League next season.