It is remarkable how well Real Madrid have done so far this season considering the number and quality of players out injured at this point in time. Of course, Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao tore their ACLs early on in the campaign. But since then, the club have had to deal with constant fitness issues.
Recently, two key players who have gotten injured are Vinicius Junior and Eduardo Camavinga. When fit and available, both are considered as starters for Los Blancos.
Coming into the season, Vinicius was expected to be Real Madrid's best source of goals with Karim Benzema leaving for Al-Ittihad in the summer. Things have not quite turned out as expected for the Brazilian though.
He has seemed to take some time to adjust to his new and more central role in the 4-4-2 system. And this is the second medium-term injury that Vinicius has picked up as well. The good news is that he is expected to be back soon.
Real Madrid boss gives update on Vinicius Jr's return
As reported by France24, Carlo Ancelotti said in a press conference when talking about the situations of Vinicius and Camavinga:
"I think we'll have to wait until next year, but when we come back (from the winter break), they will both be ready to train."
Real Madrid's first game next year will be on January 3. It will be a home match at Santiago Bernabeu against Mallorca, who are hovering over the relegation zone right now.
It remains to be seen when exactly Vinicius and Camavinga end up returning. On one hand, the club need them. Real Madrid's lack of squad depth was a problem for them already and they have had to deal with so many fitness problems on top of that.
On the other hand, Real Madrid must make sure that they do not rush anybody to return from injury. A setback is not going to help the player or the club.