Hamstring injury sidelines Vinicius Jr, will miss Brazil World Cup qualifiers

AP , Tuesday 29 Aug 2023

Vinicius Júnior has a right hamstring injury which could sideline him for about a month, Real Madrid said on Monday.

Vinicius Junior
Real Madrid s Vinicius Junior, front, goes for the ball during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Celta Vigo and Real Madrid at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo, Spain, Friday, Aug. 25, 2023. AP

Vinicius fell and clutched his thigh on Friday early in the 1-0 victory at Celta de Vigo in the Spanish league.

A Madrid statement did not offer a timeline for the Brazil wing’s return. He was expected to play for Brazil in the first two matches of South American World Cup qualifying against Bolivia on Sept. 8 and Peru four days later.

Madrid has suffered a rash of injuries, notably to left knee ACLs by defender Éder Militão in the first match of the season and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in training.

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