Vinicius included in Brazil squad for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

He was on the sidelines for a month due to a hamstring injury

By Web Desk
September 24, 2023
Vinicius celebrates after scoring a goal. - AFP

Real Madrid’s star winger Vinicius Jr. was named in Brazil's squad on Saturday for next month's World Cup qualifiers after being on the sidelines for a month due to a hamstring injury.

Vinicius, 23, who has not played since sustaining the injury during Real's win at Celta Vigo on August 25, missed the start of Brazil's qualifying campaign for the 2026 World Cup.

Real manager Carlo Ancelotti said Vinicius could return for Sunday's derby against Atletico Madrid.

Brazil, who beat both Bolivia and Peru this month, host Venezuela in Cuiaba on October 12 and take on Uruguay in Montevideo five days later.

They are level on six points with world champions Argentina but top the standings on goal difference.

However, Real Madrid were dealt a major blow as starting right-back Dani Carvajal is set to miss the clash against Atletico Madrid on Sunday following a muscle injury, reported Spanish news outlet Marca on Friday.

The player underwent a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan which confirmed that the 31-year-old is suffering from a muscle injury that will keep him out for 10 days.

The Spaniard will miss the matches against Atletico Madrid, Las Palmas and Girona, the report added.

Carvajal picked up the injury during Madrid's league game against Real Sociedad but it was said by the sources close to the club that the injury is not serious but after the latest scans, it is confirmed he will miss important league matches.

The five-time UEFA Champions League (UCL) triumphant already missed Madrid's UCL opener against Union Berlin, which the home side won after a late winner by new signing Jude Bellingham.