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Vinicius Jr. injury forces exit from Atletico Madrid match warm-up

Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr. pulled from derby after injury. Team loses key player for upcoming matches and Champions League.

Real Madrid's star player, Vinicius Jr., was forced to withdraw from the team's starting lineup for the Madrid derby on Sunday after suffering an injury during the pre-game warm-up. The Brazilian was expected to play alongside compatriot Rodrygo in the match against Atletico Madrid, but just minutes before kick-off, it was announced that he would not be able to play.

The sudden change confused fans both inside and outside the stadium, as Vinicius had been initially announced as part of the starting lineup. However, local broadcaster Movistar revealed that Brahim Diaz would be taking Vinicius Jr.'s place, sparing Carlo Ancelotti from having to make further adjustments to the team's formation.

This unexpected development posed challenges for Real Madrid, as they were already without Antonio Rudiger for the game and had to deploy right back Dani Carvajal in central defense. Vinicius' absence was particularly significant, as he is considered one of the best left wingers in the world and has been a formidable opponent for Atletico Madrid in previous derbies.

Despite these setbacks, a victory in the match would have allowed Real Madrid to extend their lead at the top of the La Liga table to four points, ahead of their upcoming fixture against Girona. This lead was further amplified by FC Barcelona's surprising defeat to Villarreal, resulting in the resignation of their head coach Xavi Hernandez.

The severity of Vinicius' injury remains uncertain, but it would mark his third injury of the season. His absence is a significant blow for Real Madrid, especially as he had recently returned to peak form, showcasing his talent with a hat trick against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final.

In addition to the domestic league, Real Madrid is also preparing to resume their Champions League campaign, with a crucial match against RB Leipzig in the last 16. The team will be hoping for a swift recovery for Vinicius Jr. as they navigate through a challenging and pivotal phase of their season.

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