HECTOR BELLERIN LIKELY TO REPLACE DANI CARVAJAL IN EURO 2016
Real Madrid and Spanish defender, Dani Carvajal is in danger of missing the Euro 2016 billed to start in a matter of days in France.
The player picked up an injury during the UEFA champions League final over the weekend. Tests after the game revealed the player is suffering from a leg muscle injury.
The likely absence of the player has paved way for Arsenal’s right back Hector Bellerin to have a shot in Vincente del Bosque’s squad as they prepare to defend the title they won back in 2012. Carvajal played for Madrid and as impressive until left the encounter in tears just six minutes into the second half. In the game where Real Madrid eventually won, Carvajal was replaced by Danillo, and coach of Span has revealed that if Carvajal doesn’t prove his fitness ahead of the tournament that he would be replaced by Bellerin who made his debut on Sunday in a friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Bellerin, a regular in Spain Under 21 squad, enjoyed a decent season at Arsenal starting 45 games in all competitions. The 20-year old player was even named in the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) team of the year.
Del Bosque said:
“What I wish is for Carvajal to recover in time, but I’m prepared for everything.”
The coach included the 24-year old in the provisional euro 2016 squad but the injury would need Carvajal to stay at least two weeks on the sidelines. Carvajal earned his first cap for Spain in August 2014 but has made four other appearances for his country. Del Bosque now faces a dilemma as he is set to announce his final squad on Tuesday.
Spain have not confirmed a switch in the squad but will begin their title defense on June 13 against Czech Republic.