Vinicius Jr. has finally made his return to the Real Madrid squad after being out of action for a month. He was injured a month ago, and despite being fit, he missed the match against Atletico Madrid due to illness.
The Brazilian winger played as a substitute against Las Palmas on Wednesday. Yesterday, he even started the game against Girona to help the team go to the top of the table. But something still haunts the player from last season and he will have to face it again.
Vinicius Jr. will testify on Valencia game insults
On May 21, Vinicius Jr. was the subject of racist chants by the Valencia fans during a match at the Mestella, after which he received widespread support from the whole world. The fans had called him a monkey, and he was seen in tears during the game. Soon afterwards, the club was punished and three youngsters have been accused.
According to Dzair Sport, Vinicius will have to prepare himself as he will testify next Thursday against the racist behavior of the Valencia fans. He will do so via videoconference in a Madrid court. Already, the testimony has been postponed twice. The original 28th September date was postponed to 5th October due to the winger being out of Spain on holiday.
The case is being handled by the head of the Court of Instruction number 10 of Valencia, with Real Madrid, La Liga, and the RFEF acting as prosecutors. The three accused will also have their defenses present. Vinicius will meanwhile join the court session in Valencia by video conference from the Madrid court, as mentioned earlier.
The three accused, who are between the ages of 18 to 23, have already testified for the hate crime case. They were found out through CCTV footage provided by Valencia, and already have been banned by the club.
Real Madrid came back into winning ways after Vinicius Jr.’s return
Real Madrid were lucky to have Vinicius Jr. back again as the Los Blancos desperately needed a boost after losing 3-1 to Atletico Madrid. Making his return as a substitute against Las Palmas, the club got a well deserved 2-0 win. Vinicius didn’t have much impact, owing the fact that he just returned to the pitch after a month.
He then featured as a starter yesterday against Girona, helping Madrid win 3-0. He did not have any goal involvement but still showed glimpses of his previous form. The two wins were very important to the club as it helped them become the La Liga leaders. They are currently on top with 21 points, 1 point above second placed Barcelona and two points above third place Girona.
Real Madrid will now travel to Napoli for their second UCL group stage match, and hopefully Vinicius Jr. can help them win it.