Carvajal picks up suspension and will be back for the Madrid derby

Dani Carvajal picked up his fifth booking La Liga this season as Real Madrid beat Sevilla 2-1. He saw yellow in the 87th minute after picking the ball up to slow down the game, meaning he will be banned for the game at the Jose Zorilla against Real Valladolid but will return the week after against Atletico Madrid

Despite the fact the player will deny it, Movistar’s footage showed him making a gesture to a teammate after getting cautioned, a wink, which suggested he deliberately got booked to ensure he’s available to play the Madrid derby on Feb. 1.

As it’s a different competition, he can play in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey match against Unionistas de Salamanca if selected.

His absence against Valladolid will likely need to a new chance for Álvaro Odriozola, who has not played for Los Blancos in La Liga since he was sent off against Mallorca on Oct. 19.