Real Madrid's defensive injuries pile up as Carvajal latest to fall

Local media reported that Dani Carvajal could miss the European fixture next Wednesday as well as the La Liga title run-in as Real Madrid attempts to defend its league crown.

"Following tests carried out on our player Dani Carvajal by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with an injury," the club said in a statement (File Photo).   -  Getty Images

Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal picked up a hamstring injury in training, the club said on Thursday as its defensive issues continued to pile up ahead of next week's Champions League semifinal second-leg against Chelsea.

Local media reported that the defender could miss the European fixture next Wednesday as well as the La Liga title run-in as Real attempts to defend its league crown.

Real, which sits two points behind league leader Atletico Madrid on 71 points and faces Osasuna on Saturday, has not put a timescale on Carvajal's return.

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"Following the tests carried out today on our player Dani Carvajal by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with an injury to the semimembranosus muscle in his right leg," a statement read.

Carvajal's season has been blighted by injury and he has made just 15 appearances in all competitions.

Lucas Vazquez, who filled in at right-back during Carvajal's absence, has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, while captain Sergio Ramos has a calf problem and has missed the club's last nine games.

Left-back Ferland Mendy missed the first-leg against Chelsea, which finished 1-1, with a calf problem.

Marcelo, who filled in for the Frenchman on Tuesday, could also be absent next week after Spanish media reported he had been called up to work at a polling station in the Madrid regional elections.