Alvaro Odriozola ruled out with calf injury

03 Oct 2020

It was revealed on Friday that Dani Carvajal will be out for the next two months with injury and then, on Saturday morning, Real Madrid also announced that Alvaro Odriozola is injured.

Odriozola, the backup right-back who was expected to come in for Carvajal during his two-month absence, has a calf injury.

“Following the tests carried out today on our player Alvaro Odriozola by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with an injury to the calf muscle in his left leg and his recovery will continue to be assessed,” said a statement from Real Madrid on Saturday morning.

This creates a major problem for Los Blancos, who have also had Eder Militao, Eden Hazard and Toni Kroos on the medical report in addition to Carvajal.

This injury leaves Real Madrid without a backup right-back, as was also the case in the second half of last season when Odriozola was on loan at Bayern Munich.

There are three main options to play right-back now, but none of them are natural replacements.

Centre-back Nacho can come in because of his versatility and his experience, but he has hardly played in recent times and may not be match sharp.

Lucas Vazquez is another option, as he can move further back from the usual right wing role that he normally occupies.

Then there is Ferland Mendy, the starting left-back.

Marcelo can come in at left-back and this would allow Mendy to move over to his less favoured side.

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