Vinicius: Real Madrid starlet signs Santos physio Thiago Lobo

AS has learned that the Brazilian forward has decided to add the physio to his support staff, in a move that has Real Madrid's blessing.

Vinicius: Real Madrid starlet signs Santos physio Thiago Lobo

Much like his club, Real Madrid's 18-year-old starlet Vinicius is busy making preparations for next season, and is understood to have added Santos physiotherapist Thiago Lobo to his support staff.

Santos physio moves to Madrid to work with VInicius

The Brazilian is currently recovering from an ankle injury suffered in March's Champions League exit to Ajax, but rather than being solely aimed at aiding his rehabilitation, the appointment is believed to be a long-term one.

Thiago Lobo with Brazilian football legend Pelé.

A decision taken on the player's initiative, it has Madrid's wholehearted support. After all, it is common for top-level footballers to hire professionals tasked with overseeing the fitness work they do away from their club's training ground.

Lobo also lived in Milan with Gabigol

A trusted physio for several well-known Brazilian players - he also spent a period with Gabigol in Italy following the striker's transfer to Inter Milan, for example - Lobo arrived in the Spanish capital on Tuesday to take up his new role.

Vinicius set to return early from ankle injury

Vinicius' recovery is progressing well, so much so that he is expected to return ahead of schedule, with his comeback now pencilled in for late April.