The 22-year-old Brazilian winger has garnered widespread support from around the world following the incident of racial abuse by Valencia fans during a recent match.
Vinicius was unable to participate in Madrid’s midweek victory against Rayo Vallecano due to discomfort in his knee. However, his teammates expressed their solidarity by wearing his number 20 shirt before the game.
Unfortunately, the knee problem has persisted, preventing his return for Saturday’s away match against Sevilla, who are currently finalists in the Europa League.
Despite missing out on the opportunity to contribute on the field, Vinicius continues to receive support from his club, teammates, and fans as he navigates through this challenging period.
“Vinicius will not travel because he will not play, he’d go if he had the chance of playing (but) his knee is still giving him problems,” Ancelotti told a news conference in Madrid on Friday.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s home or away, he can’t play. I hope that he can play in the last game.”
Vinicius was sent off against Valencia but his ban was later overturned by the Spanish football federation’s Competition Committee.
One Sevilla fan group is encouraging supporters to protest against Real Madrid and their president Florentino Perez because of the decision by waving white handkerchiefs at the game.
La Liga president Javier Tebas apologised to Vinicius on Thursday after appearing to criticise him on Twitter for his complaints about the Spanish top flight belonging to “racists”.
“I didn’t want to criticise Vinicius,” Tebas told reporters.
“My frustration was my mistake. I understand that Vinicius is frustrated because he doesn’t understand about the division of powers (for dealing with racism), but I’m also frustrated because I do know about it and there were no sanctions.”
Ancelotti said Madrid were also without Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio with other injury issues.
Los Blancos are second in the table, a point ahead of city rivals Atletico.
Sevilla, 10th, still have a chance of qualifying for next season’s UEFA Conference League, sitting just a point behind Osasuna in seventh.
(With AFP inputs)