Real Madrid’s injury concerns show no signs of stopping, as Vinicius Junior became the latest player to be sidelined. The Brazilian forward’s official injury update has finally been released by the club and it has been confirmed that he has suffered an injury to the right biceps femoris muscle. His progress with be monitored but several sources have suggested that he could be out for about six weeks or so.
After Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao, Carlo Ancelotti might have to make changes in his plans after Vinicius’ injury as well. The club do not have much depth and need to use their resources wisely.
As reported by AS, Vinicius’ injury makes Ancelotti consider a small return to 4-3-3. It would be with Federico Valverde on the right, Rodrygo on the left and Joselu as the only striker.
The most important concern amongst the fans would be regarding Jude Bellingham’s role. If Real Madrid go back to a 4-3-3, he is likely to be pushed back a bit down the pitch and play a more creative role in midfield, losing some of the positional freedom he has now.
Real Madrid might change plans after Vinicius Jr injury
In the 4-2-2 formation, Bellingham enjoyed a lot of freedom as the man at the tip of the midfield diamond behind Vini and Rodrygo. It saw the Englishman score 4 goals in 3 matches, the highest so far by any player in La Liga this season.
Ancelotti still has the option to carry on with his 4-2-2 diamond formation if he decides to play Brahim Diaz. He has been brought back after three years on loan at AC Milan.
The Spaniard can play in Vinicius’ position as he also possesses the ability to get past defenders and make a difference in the final third. This will let Bellingham continue in his role.
Of course, Brahim has barely played this season. Thus, it would be interesting to see if Ancelotti is ready to hand him a starting role.
With all these possible scenarios, returning to the 4-3-3 formation seems to be the most likely route with Joselu, Valverde and Rodrygo upfront and Bellingham, Tchouameni and Camavinga or a similar combination in the middle of the park. A lot of questions will be answered when Real Madrid take to the pitch against Getafe.