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‘I will come back way stronger than ever’ – Dani Cavajal


Another period of injury recovery awaits for Dani Carvajal, whose return only lasted 25 minutes against Valencia on Sunday.

Despite suffering a new issue that could see him miss two months, the right-back is remaining optimistic and positive.

“I told some of my teammates that on Saturday night I had butterflies in my stomach and that I was anxious to come back to do what I’m passionate about,” he said as he shared a social media post on Monday, after it had been revealed that he has a muscle injury in his right thigh affecting the tendon.

“I had worked really hard over the past few weeks…

“Now, it’s time to deal with this latest setback and to start a new countdown to be able to return and have these special feelings.

“I just want to communicate one message: I will come back better and stronger than ever.

“Thank you for all the messages of support.”

Due to four different injury issues, the Spaniard has only been able to play in 12 official matches so far in 2020/21.


Cavajal out to Hamstring injury and would miss Atalanta’s Clash


Dani Carvajal to miss Real Madrid’s first leg against Atalanta due to muscle injury

25 minutes. That’s how long Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal could play after making his return from injury during Sunday’s match against Valencia. The defender suffered a hamstring injury which forced him to leave the game, being replaced by Lucas Vazquez.

The first reports from club sources indicate that Carvajal suffers a hamstring injury on his right leg and that he will undergo tests to reveal the extend of said injury today. The defender seems all but ruled out for Real Madrid’s upcoming clash against Atalanta in the first leg of their Champions League tie in the Round of 16 and it’s likely that he eventually misses the crucial return leg as well, given how tricky these injuries have been for Carvajal all season long.

With Odriozola and Militao also injured, Lucas Vazquez seems ready to be Zidane’s choice to play at the right-back spot, given that Nacho is playing well at the center-back position in Ramos’ absence.


Cavajal afraid Sterling will be in good shape against Madrid


Raheem Sterling is in great shape this season and Dani Carvajal will be the Real Madrid player who will try to contain the Englishman in the return leg of the Champions League last 16 tie against Manchester City.

The 25-year-old forward only played 17 minutes in the first leg at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but they were enough to trouble Los Blancos’ defence.

He was the player to tee up Gabriel Jesus for Manchester City’s equaliser and he forced Carvajal to concede a penalty, which was converted by Kevin de Bruyne for his team’s second.


Sterling has scored 29 times across all competitions this season, which means just one goal fewer than Lionel Messi.

He has already managed to break his personal record of 25 goals scored in a season and at Real Madrid they are aware that he is Manchester City’s main attacking threat.

To contain the Englishman on the pitch, Zinedine Zidane will try to prepare Carvajal, who is the only natural right-back in the squad.

Eder Militao will play at centre-back due to Sergio Ramos’ absence and neither Lucas Vazquez nor Nacho Fernandez will be given the nod at right-back in such an important game.

Real Madrid’s defence has been solid this season, yet Sterling is currently in great form, having scored six goals in the last three Premier League matches.


Meanwhile, the England international has netted five of Manchester City’s 18 goals in the Champions League.

Fight against racism
Following football’s restart, Sterling also made the headlines with his remarks against racism.

“The only disease that exists is racism,” he told BBC back in June.

“This is the most important thing at this moment in time because this is something that is happening for years and years


“Just like the pandemic, we want to find a solution to stop it.”

Back in December 2018, Sterling hit out at the media for the way they treat young black footballers.

“All I have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity and give all players an equal chance,” he said.

“I think this is unacceptable.

“Just by the way it has been worded, this young black kid is looked at in a bad light, which helps fuel racism and aggressive behaviour.”

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