Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane ruled out of Champions League tie against Chelsea due to injury

Real Madrid face Chelsea in the second leg of the semi-finals in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

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Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has been ruled out of the second leg against Chelsea on Wednesday. The French international suffered an adductor injury while playing against Osasuna in La Liga.

The defender recently recovered from Covid-19 and had just returned into the fray for the crucial second leg against Chelsea. The World Cup-winning defender was replaced at half-time during the Blancos’ 2-0 victory over Osasuna on Saturday.

Raphael Varane suffered an adductor muscle injury in Real’s last match

Varane was taken off at the half-time against Osasuna.

A statement released on Real’s official website reads: “After the tests carried out today on our player Raphael Varane by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he was diagnosed with an injury to the right abductor muscles.”

Real will also be without Dani Carvajal due to the hamstring injury he suffered during the first leg last week, with the right-back set to miss the rest of the season.

Zinedine Zidane could also be without Federico Valverde, who has not played since the 0-0 draw at Liverpool on April 14 after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Ferland Mendy and Sergio Ramos have started training with the ball at Valdebabas but still remain a doubt for the Chelsea match. Zidane will also fret on the availability of Marcelo for the crucial match. The Brazilian has been called up for election duty in Spain on the day before the match.

Real Madrid need a win or atleast a 2-2 draw to win the tie and qualify for the Champions League final this season.

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