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Zidane ‘annoyed’ over Carvajal injury relapse against Valencia

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The right-back took to the pitch for the first time in over a month but had to leave after even less than half-an-hour of action.  

Zinedine Zidane is ‘annoyed’ about Dani Carvajal’s injury in Real Madrid’s match against Valencia on Sunday.

Carvajal’s injury was a major blow in an otherwise comfortable evening for Real Madrid, who recorded a 2-0 victory with Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos the names on the scoresheet.

The Spanish right-back had to be replaced by Lucas Vazquez after picking up what appeared to be a hamstring problem.

The 29-year-old could only last for about 25 minutes on the pitch in what was his first appearance in over a month. Prior to Sunday, he last featured against Celta Vigo on January 2 when he sustained a muscle problem.

Joining Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard, Rodrygo Goes, Fede Valverde, Marcelo, Eder Militao, and Alvaro Odriozola, Carvajal makes a quick return to the treatment table.

“I don’t understand it. That’s a lot of injuries… I’m worried,” Zidane stated after the match, via Marca.

“When I lose a player, it annoys me as a coach. It’s a relapse – I feel for Carva. He played a good 25 minutes and I’m annoyed because he’s very important for us.

“But I can’t explain the reasoning [behind the injury problems] to you. As a coach, having injuries is the worst. They’ve come back to hurt us again.

“I only hope that [Carvajal’s injury] is a small one. We’ll see what the injury is and for how long he’ll be out for.”