The torment of Carvajal

The side returned to exercise on the sidelines and is almost ruled out against Huesca. He has not played since January 2 and has missed five games.


Dani Carvajal suffers the nightmare of muscle injuries again. The full-back left the league game against Celta on 2 January with discomfort and, since then, he has not been able to return to the pitch. Three days before the duel against Huesca, he has returned to exercise apart from his teammates and is almost ruled out to play for El Alcoraz. If confirmed, it would be the sixteenth game lost through injury this season. A new and hard blow for Carvajal, who seemed recovered last week when he returned to training with the group.

This season is on track to be the worst in the winger's career when it comes to injuries. He has already equaled 2018-2019, when he also missed fifteen games, and he would overcome it if he does not finally travel to Huesca. From 2015-2016, 66 have been lost due to different ailments. Without becoming one of those so-called crystal players, Carvajal has become an injury-prone footballer.

This is a very sensitive loss for Zidane, who does not have a replacement guarantee for the side. Lucas Vázquez, the arrangement that the coach has used for the right-handed side of the defense, is also injured, while Odriozola, the only natural substitute, does not quite fit in. The San Sebastian, marked by the defeat against Levante after an error in the first goal received, will have his third start in four games. A new opportunity to show that he has the level to play for Real Madrid.

On the horizon, the Champions League. Although Carvajal is close to recovery, the side is aware that, 20 days after the decisive cross against Atalanta, a new relapse could leave him out. For this reason, neither he nor the coaching staff think to risk, a policy that they are following with all the injured at this stage of the season, knowing that saving the year passes through a feat in the maximum continental competition.

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