Dani Carvajal set for Madrid Derby return

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Real Madrid fullback Dani Carvajal has been given the all clear to return to action against Atletico Madrid on the weekend, according to latest revelations from Marca.

The 25-year-old hasn’t played for Los Blancos since September after being diagnosed with Pericarditis, a heart condition.

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The crosstown rivalry between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid has been competitive in La Liga, but Los Blancos have had it all their way in some historic clashes in European competition over the past few seasons; the two met in the UEFA Champions League Final in 2014 and 2016 – Real Madrid running out winners on both occasions – and in the Semi-Finals of 2015 and 2017, with Real Madrid once again coming out on top in both meetings.

“His training should be very little by little, in a very progressive way,” explained Dr. Cesar Quesada, a specialist from FIFA Ripoll Excellence Clinic and De Prado Sport Clinic.

Dr. Cesar Quesada continued by addressing the volatile nature of the disease, which possesses a high relapse rate, while assuring that the Spaniard will need time before returning to peak fitness.

“There is a relatively high relapse rate, between 15 and 20 percent. Therefore, it is the cardiologist who should determine the steps to be followed later by the athlete, always under the parameters of a very progressive and always asymptomatic reincorporation.”

“With the heart, there are people who are more apprehensive than others, but Carvajal must be calm. Once he’s discharged, he won’t require further follow-up.”

19-year-old Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi made his senior debut in the absence of Dani Carvajal, starting in both UEFA Champions League fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur and three in La Liga, but Zinedine Zidane will be relieved to have the experienced Spaniard back in his squad on Saturday.

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