In the latest Spain news, defender Dani Carvajal looks likely to miss the World Cup through injury.
The right-back went down during Real’s 3-1 Champions League final triumph against Liverpool to seal their fourth win at Europe’s top table in five years.
But the slight blot in the copybook came in the form of Carvajal who left the pitch in tears, similar to Liverpool winger Mo Salah, after picking up what initially looked like an innocuous injury.
The 26-year-old suffered a similar fate in the 2016 Champions League final when he was forced off at the start of the second half and could not even reach that stage of the game this time around as he hobbled off after 37 minutes in Kiev.
Now there is a real concern that he will not be available for Spain’s campaign which gets underway against Portugal on June 15, with La Roja 6/1 to win the 2018 World Cup with Ladbrokes.
Carvajal was replaced in the first half by fellow Spaniard Nacho and his club colleague could now be given the nod by coach Julen Lopetegui as he aims to try and find a replacement for the Real Madrid man in Russia.
He has been Spain’s undisputed first choice right back recently, and with Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta operating more as a right-sided central defender in a three-man defence, Lopetegui may look to another natural right back rather than allow him to fill in there.
Hector Bellerin of Arsenal missed out on selection for the tournament but if Carvajal’s injury is as serious as first thought, the young Gunner might get a reprieve and a chance to represent his country in a World Cup.
The former Bayer Leverkusen man has historically struggled with hamstring injuries with one keeping him out for a month earlier this season, and that might be considered when examining his latest setback more closely.