Real Madrid activate the 'Carvajal plan'

Real Madrid activate the 'Carvajal plan'

Following an injury-plagued 2020/21 season, Real Madrid are willing to avoid experience anew fitness issues and have prepared a special fitness plan for Dani Carvajal.

Having suffered as many as five injuries - four of which were muscular - last season, the Real Madrid right-back featured in just 15 games across all competitions, registering 64 days out of action when he picked up his penultimate knock.

Hence, Carvajal's full recovery is one of Carlo Ancelotti's priorities in the pre-season and new fitness coach Antonio Pintus is in charge of the player's physical preparation.

Carvajal's case is considered paradigmatic for what occurred in terms of the team's fitness last season, since he is a 29-year-old player with a discreet medical history up until 2020/21.

The Real Madrid right-back is following a personalised fitness plan to help him rediscover his form next season. For this reason, Carvajal did not participate in Real Madrid's friendly match with Rayo Vallecano on Sunday and neither did he play eight days ago against Fuenlabrada.

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Moreover, Carvajal is not expected to feature in the friendly with Rangers in Glasgow on July 25 and according to the coaching staff's plan, he will return to action against AC Milan in Austria on August, in the event Real Madrid do not organise another game prior to that friendly.

Ancelotti is in no rush to force Carvajal's comeback and his aim is to help his player be in shape and avoid setbacks following an odd campaign for both him and the club.

In addition to training with the rest of his teammates, Carvajal is working out in the pool and at the gym, while following a personalised nutrition plan.

From playing around 40 games per year, Carvajal went down to 15 last seasons, where he registered just 1,119 minutes on the pitch.

Lucas to cover for Carvajal

Carvajal is undoubtedly Ancelotti's first choice right-back and although Alvaro Odriozola is the only other natural right-back in the team, Lucas Vazquez managed to gain prominence last season.

Vazquez was the eighth footballer in the team with the most minutes played until an injury in the derby against Barcelona sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign.

Lucas proved to be a reliable alternative to Carvajal, to the point that he achieved to renew his deal with Real Madrid, something that seemed complicated in the first months of this calendar year.

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