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.
Real Madrid the most likely destination for Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool not pushing for transfer
Journalist Florian Plettenberg has affirmed that despite Liverpool’s continued interest, Real Madrid remain the most realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe either for next year or the year after that.
As far as PSG are concerned, the Ligue 1 champions are totally relaxed over the drama as they are now financially secure for his possible departure. Nonetheless, Liverpool are not at all pushing for the player which leaves Real Madrid as the only team as suitors.
Mbappe has declined an extension offer from PSG, as his current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the 24-year-old forward seems poised to determine his future destination sooner rather than later.
As for Real Madrid, while they have denied holding any talks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, the interest in him has always been there as he remains one of the club’s main targets for 2024.
One last attempt for Mbappe?
Real Madrid have been chasing Mbappe since 2021 and while there have been instances when he almost joined, the move has always failed to materialise for some reason.
Last year, he ended up signing a new contract and this year, as he looked certain to leave PSG, a sudden change of heart saw him stay put. Now, there are going to be some repercussions of his continued ignorance.
These repercussions Mbappe will experience if rejects Madrid once again as it is said that the team from the Spanish capital is fed up with playing this game and if the move fails next summer, the door for Mbappe will be closed forever.
On the contrary, Plettenberg reports that it is not a matter of if for Mbappe, but a matter of when.
So even if they somehow miss out on his acquisition this summer, they will be able to sign him in 2025 as they are currently the only team running for his signature.