Real Madrid’s Carvajal diagnosed with viral concern


Real Madrid’s early-season full-back dilemma has taken its latest hit.

The Champions League holder announced Saturday that right-back Dani Carvajal has been diagnosed with a viral pericardium infection, and with Marcelo hampered by a muscular concern and Theo Hernandez out with a shoulder injury, Zinedine Zidane’s defensive cupboard is beginning to run bare.

Los Blancos revealed Carvajal’s condition with a statement on its website, adding that the Spanish international had tests Saturday that confirmed a virus infection.

According to Marca, Carvajal – who has played every minute for Real in the league this season – will be out indefinitely as he recovers.

Real Madrid hosts Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday desperate for a home result after dire displays in the capital city against Levante, Valencia, and Real Betis.

Without the trio of full-backs, it’s likely that Zidane will opt to start Nacho on the left side, while 18-year-old local boy Ashraf Hakimi could also play a part as Real looks to keep pace with table-topper Barcelona, who boasts a seven-point advantage on its rival from the capital after just six matches


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