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Real Madrid not preparing plans for Carvajal replacement

Real Madrid are not making plans to sign a replacement for Dani Carvajal, who faces two months out through illness.

Plans to sign a new full-back have been rife in Spanish press over the last couple of days but it is now understood no move will be made to find a replacement for Spanish international Carvajal.

News filtered out of the Bernabeu last week that the Spanish international had been diagnosed with a viral infection that was affecting his heart, therefore seeing him ruled out of action – indefinitely.

Achraf Hakimi was handed his first team debut by Zinedine Zidane in the 2-0 win over Espanyol, whilst the club waited on further reports and diagnosis from doctors.

El Mundo have reported that the defender will miss two months of action, whilst Marca believe it is still unconfirmed.

A short statement on Saturday afternoon from the reigning La Liga and European champions read: “Following tests carried out on Dani Carvajal, he has been diagnosed with a viral pericardium infection.

“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

Carvajal, who has established himself as a first choice defender at the club, signed a new contract last month, committing him to the club until 2022.

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Meanwhile, keeper Keylor Navas is expected to miss the trip to Getafe this weekend after a hamstring injury.

The Costa Rican stopper sustained the injury against Honduras in his country’s World Cup qualifier this week and after further tests by doctors have revealed the extent of the problem.

Navas is now expected to miss the weekend game with Getafe, whilst he remains a doubt for the Champions League game against Tottenham Hotspur next Tuesday.

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