Junior will miss his country Brazil’s match against Argentina scheduled for next Tuesday in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers due to an injury to his left thigh suffered during the match against Colombia (1-2), as announced by the Brazilian Football Confederation on Friday.
The Brazilian Confederation stated in a statement that the 23-year-old star of Real Madrid “underwent examinations that confirmed his injury to the left posterior thigh muscle.”
It added that Vinicius, considered a key element in Brazil’s attacking arsenal, will miss the upcoming match against their arch-rivals Argentina, the 2022 World Cup champions, in Rio de Janeiro.
Vinicius had earlier hinted that the expectations were not good for him to be ready for the Argentina clash, saying after Brazil’s loss in Barranquilla on Thursday, “Based on what the doctors told me, it will be somewhat difficult.”
Vinicius left the field in the 27th minute of the match when his country was leading 1-0.
He added, “I think it’s the same previous injury. I felt pain in the back part of my thigh.” The Brazilian star had been sidelined for a month after injuring his right thigh at the end of August last year during a La Liga match with Real Madrid, and he did not participate in Brazil’s first two qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru in September.
Brazil, currently in fifth place in the qualifiers, will face Argentina, the leader of the standings, on Tuesday at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
The Brazilian national team will be without goalkeeper Ederson, defender Danilo, midfielder and captain Casemiro, and star forward Neymar, all sidelined due to injuries.