Carvalho suffers new injury setback

Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho's return to action has been delayed after he twisted a ligament in his right knee, the Spanish league leaders said on Wednesday.

The Portuguese international has been recovering from a back problem and has not played for Real since late September when he featured in their 3-0 Champions League win over Ajax.

The club gave no indication of how long the 33-year-old former Chelsea defender would be out of action.

His Portuguese compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo missed his second training session of the week as he shakes off a sprained ankle picked up in the derby win over Atletico Madrid last weekend.