Real Madrid fullback Dani Carvajal is all but certain to miss the Champions League clash with Liverpool after picking up a hamstring injury.
The 22-year-old right-back started for Madrid in midweek during their Copa Del Rey victory and was risked again for the game at Granada while Alvaro Arbeloa was on the bench.
With Carlo Ancelotti’s men 2-0 up and cruising just before half-time, Carvajal pulled up with a hamstring problem when making a routine tackle and immediately signalled to the bench.
After the ball had been put out of play, the Spanish international was duly replaced by former Liverpool man Arbeloa and watched the rest of the match from the dugout with an ice pack on his hamstring.
Real’s medical staff are expected to assess the defender’s injury but it appears that he won’t be available for the clash against the Reds.
It gives Brendan Rodgers a little boost going in to their daunting trip to the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday and the Northern Irishman will be keen to target Madrid’s right hand side.
Arbeloa will be expected to play in that position, and he could come up against the pacey Raheem Sterling who will want to test his speed and trickery against the ageing defender.
While the Reds haven’t yet reached ‘must-win’ territory in the Champions League, a good performance against the holders could be vital for confidence as they embark on a crucial period in the campaign.