Real Madrid defender, Dani Carvajal has been ruled out of action with a heart problem. 

Carvajal was not in the Madrid squad that beat Espanyol at the Bernabeu on Sunday, with a club statement saying he "has been diagnosed with a viral pericardium infection."

 The statement said the full-back's "recovery will continue to be assessed."

Before this setback, Carvajal has previously played every minute for Zinedine Zidane's side in La Liga this season, and this unfortunate development means he drops out of Spain's squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Israel.

Earlier this month, Carvajal signed a two-year contract extension and said he would be "delighted" to be Real Madrid's captain in future.

The 25-year-old said: "I'm very grateful to the club. I've been fortunate to win every title with Real Madrid, and I'm looking forward to winning them again.

 "I would like that. the day that I leave, everyone knows that I have given everything for this club and that they are proud."

Zidane has already calmed frail nerves as he suggests the condition was not as serious an issue as it sounds.

"Dani will not go with the national team this week," Zidane said. "We will see how he recovers. It is not anything dangerous, but he will remain here with us."

Recall that former Super Eagles captain, Kanu Nwankwo was also diagnosed of heart issues when he was at Inter Milan but he came out of it and did very well afterwards.