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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 forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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