Carvajal, Morata and Iniesta ruled out of World Cup qualifiers

Spain trio Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Morata and Andres Iniesta will miss clashes against Albania and Israel.

Real Madrid and Spain full-back Dani Carvajal is set for an indefinite spell on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a viral infection that is affecting his pericardium.   -  Getty Images

Spain will be without injured trio Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Morata and Andres Iniesta for its upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Israel.

Julen Lopetegui will name his replacements on Monday, ahead of Friday's hosting of Albania and Spain's trip to Israel in Group G on October 9.

Real Madrid full-back Carvajal is set for an indefinite spell on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a viral infection that is affecting his pericardium, the membrane enclosing the heart.

Read: Carvajal diagnosed with viral pericardium infection

The 25-year-old featured in Tuesday's Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund, having started Madrid's first six La Liga matches this season.

A left hamstring injury sustained during Chelsea's 1-0 loss to Premier League leader Manchester City on Saturday ruled Morata out of the pair of international fixtures.

Morata had scored seven goals in eight matches since arriving from Spanish and European champion Madrid before hobbling off in the 35th minute at Stamford Bridge.

Barcelona captain Iniesta is expected to be sidelined for 10 days after suffering a left hamstring problem during Sunday's 3-0 victory over Las Palmas, which was played behind closed doors.

Spain is three points clear of Italy atop Group G with two matches remaining.

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