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Real Madrid suffer fresh injury blow as full-back is a doubt for Villarreal clash

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Having already lost the likes of David Alaba, Aurelien Tchouameni and Lucas Vazquez to injuries, Real Madrid have suffered yet another blow as full-back Dani Carvajal is a doubt for the upcoming game against Villarreal, according to MARCA.

Los Blancos take on Villarreal in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey on Thursday night away at Estadio de la Ceramica. And, Carvajal seems set to miss the match after not participating in the training session with the rest of the squad earlier today.

Carvajal had missed Real Madrid’s La Liga encounter against Villarreal earlier this month due to muscular discomfort. While he did return for the Spanish Super Cup matches against Valencia and Barcelona, his performances were sub-par.

Now, as per the aforementioned report, the Spanish international is again suffering muscular discomfort, as a result of which he skipped training earlier today.

As a result, his involvement in the upcoming game against Villarreal is seen as a major doubt.

This comes as a major blow for Carlo Ancelotti, who is running out of options for the right-back position.

With Carvajal a doubt, Vazquez already injured and Alvaro Odriozola out of favour, the Real Madrid boss could decide to utilise Nacho at right-back, while Eder Militao would also be an option, having played on the right side of the defence in the league game against Villarreal.

Real Madrid Castilla youngster Vinicius Tobias would also be an option that Ancelotti could look at, although the Italian has appeared reluctant to promote youngsters from the reserve team so far this term.

A clearer update of Carvajal’s injury could arrive when the manager addresses the media in his press conference tomorrow. For now, he looks set to miss the trip to Villarreal for Thursday night’s game.

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Real Madrid midfield starlet attracting interest from half the teams in La Liga

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Real Madrid youngster Mario Martin finds himself at an interesting juncture in his fledgeling career.

The midfield prospect is well-liked at the club after impressing with Castilla in the past two seasons while first-team manager Carlo Ancelotti is also an admirer of the player.

While Martin seems to have reached the end of his cycle in Castilla, a spot in the first-team squad is not necessarily available right away, unless Dani Ceballos ends up leaving.

Plenty of interest in Mario Martin

Now, The Athletic reports that Mario Martin is a player in demand in La Liga with half the teams in the Spanish top flight eager to sign him up this summer.

As has already been reported, Real Valladolid and RCD Espanyol are understood to have shown a strong interest in the 20-year-old midfield talent.

Mario Martin is in demand in La Liga. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that there are a plethora of other clubs in La Liga who would be happy to sign Martin from Real Madrid in the current transfer window.

Martin wants to stay

But, the report states Martin is leaning towards staying put at Real Madrid at this point even though the prospects of regular first-team minutes are highly unlikely.

The 20-year-old, who has made four senior appearances for Los Blancos thus far, has a contract that runs until the summer of 2026.

Real Madrid, for their part, are not necessarily ruling out a sale provided a good offer comes along.

Even if they do part ways with Martin, the Spanish capital club would very much likely insert an affordable buyback clause as they have been doing in recent times for departing youth players.

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