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Real Madrid right-back ruled out of Villarreal clash due to muscle overload – report

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As Real Madrid gear up for a tricky test against Villarreal in La Liga this weekend, they have been dealt with a setback ahead of the game.

According to journalist Miguel Angel Diaz of COPE (h/t Bernabeu Digital), defensive mainstay Dani Carvajal is suffering from an overload in the soleus muscle and will miss the match against Villarreal.

Carvajal has been Ancelotti’s first-choice right-back option and has played 22 matches across all competitions this season, registering three assists.

However, the 30-year-old had missed the Copa del Rey encounter against Cacereno earlier this week due to the injury.

Ancelotti was hopeful of having the veteran Spaniard back in time for the Villarreal clash but it had been reported that the right-back’s involvement in the game was a doubt.

Now, Miguel Angel Diaz seems to have confirmed that Carvajal will definitively miss out on the trip to El Madrigal this weekend.

This development comes as a blow for Real Madrid, given that the 30-year-old is an integral part of Ancelotti’s setup. And the Italian tactician will be hoping that the full-back is able to recover quickly and return to action.

As for the Villarreal match, Carvajal’s potential absence means Lucas Vazquez will be in line to start as the right-back for Real Madrid on Saturday.

The winger-turned-full-back has done well whenever called upon by the manager, producing a return of two goals and an assist from 13 matches this season.

Another option for the manager would be Alvaro Odriozola, who made his first appearance of the season against Cacereno earlier this week, albeit playing as a left-back.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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