Real Madrid lose defender Dani Carvajal to a calf injury

Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal is expected to miss the rest of the year after the club announced on Monday he suffered a calf injury in the weekend win over Granada.

Spain international Carvajal was replaced at halftime during Saturday’s 2-0 victory which kept Madrid top of LaLiga above surprise challengers Girona on goal difference.

The club said tests revealed an injury to his left calf but did not give a timeline for his return. Spanish media suggested Carvajal could be sidelined for a month.

The 31-year-old has been a regular for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, captaining the team on a number of occasions this season.

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The vast majority of soccer fans might view Girona’s stunning climb to the upper echelons of Spain’s LaLiga as an early season aberration, but former Spain and Barcelona winger Luis Garcia is not one of them.

Girona coach Michel has played down his team’s chances of winning the title, saying they are not at the level of the league’s elite, despite being level on 38 points with Real Madrid, behind the league leaders only on goal difference.

Girona have 12 wins, two defeats and one draw so far, the same as serial champions Real, and are four points above third-placed Barcelona, having scored more goals than any other side in the top flight ahead of their trip to Barca on Sunday.

“Girona have just come out of nowhere,” Garcia told Reuters in Bengaluru, adding that he saw parallels between their rise and Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League title win in the 2015-16 season.


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