Carvajal diagnosed with viral pericardium infection

A viral pericardium infection is set to sideline Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal for an unspecified amount of time.

No timeframe has been given for Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal's return to action with the club stating he "will continue to be assessed."   -  Getty Images

Real Madrid has announced that defender Dani Carvajal has been diagnosed with a viral infection that is affecting his pericardium, the membrane enclosing the heart.

The 25-year-old featured in the 3-1 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday and has started all six of his side's La Liga matches so far this season. 

That run is expected to come to an end on Sunday, though, with the combative full-back poised to miss the home clash against Espanyol. 

Carvajal had been named in Spain's squad for its final two World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Israel next week, but it now appears likely that he will miss those matches as well.

No timeframe has been given for his return to action with Madrid stating he "will continue to be assessed".

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