Real Madrid handed major injury blow ahead of Champions League semi-final second leg with Chelsea as Dani Carvajal ‘is ruled out for the rest of the season’ after tearing his hamstring
- Dani Carvajal has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a muscle tear
- The Real Madrid defender suffered the muscle tear during training on Thursday
- Carvajal will miss Real’s Champions League semi-final second leg with Chelsea
- Real boss Zinedine Zidane is already without a number of key men through injury
Dani Carvajal has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, dealing Real Madrid a huge blow ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg with Chelsea next week.
The Spanish giants confirmed on Thursday that Carvajal picked up the injury while Onda Cero journalist Edu Pidal has claimed that the right back will miss the rest of the campaign after picking up the knock in training.
Carvajal played 77 minutes against Thomas Tuchel’s men in their 1-1 draw on Tuesday before being replaced by Alvaro Odriozola.
Real’s Dani Carvajal has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury
It is another injury setback for the 29-year-old, who has already missed the majority of the campaign with a number of muscle injuries and only recently returned to the first-team fold earlier this month.
Nacho Fernandez and Odriozola are expected to deputise in place of Carvajal for the final few weeks of the campaign.
It’s another major blow for Real boss Zinedine Zidane, who is currently without captain Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy, Lucas Vasquez and Federico Valverde through injury and illness.
The 29-year-old will miss Real’s Champions League semi-final second leg with Chelsea
Zidane will also likely be without veteran left back Marcelo for the clash at Stamford Bridge.
Reports in Spain are claiming the Brazilian has been summoned to work at a polling station in the Spanish capital for the Madrid Assembly elections, which are taking place next week.
The Spanish media are also reporting that Real have had an initial appeal to get the Brazilian relieved of his duties rejected.
Marcelo could also be unavailable for the second leg against Chelsea next Wednesday
In normal times Marcelo may otherwise have been able to travel alone to London on the day of the game.
But UEFA’s Covid protocols state that any player or member of staff must travel in the team’s bubble.
It means either Marcelo is given an exemption by the authorities at the last minute or he misses the key clash against the Blues.