Real Madrid are preparing to face their biggest challenge of the season so far when they travel to Manchester City for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti has called up a full squad for the crucial tie, including Eduardo Camavinga who picked up a knock against Getafe at the weekend.
Though Camavinga is expected to be fit for Wednesday’s match, concerns have been raised over the fitness of star winger Vinicius Jr.
According to journalist Ramon Alvarez, the 22-year-old Brazilian sensation has been struggling with some physical issues in the lead up to the Etihad showdown.
However, despite these concerns, Vinicius is still expected to take on Pep Guardiola’s side. The pacy forward has been instrumental to Los Blancos’ success this campaign, scoring 23 goals and providing 21 assists in 52 appearances across all competitions.
Exceptionally durable, Vinicius has not missed a single match through injury since 2019. He was rested for Real’s match against Cadiz last month due to overload but was not injured.
With a monumental match against formidable opponents looming, Real Madrid will be desperate to have their strongest XI, including Vinicius, fit and firing on all cylinders.
Vinicius Jr. Battling Fitness Concerns
The Brazilian terrorised Manchester City’s defence during the first leg at the Bernabeu last week and his presence could prove pivotal in determining the outcome of this semi-final.
Ancelotti and his squad will be praying that Vinicius’ physical issues do not worsen in the next 24 hours. After a compelling first leg, the stage is set for an epic Champions League battle at the Etihad Stadium.
Real Madrid are ready to rise to the occasion but they will need their brilliant Brazilian winger fighting fit if they are to overcome the City challenge.