Injured Madrid defender Varane misses Chelsea’s second leg


Real Madrid appear to be without Raphael Varane in the Champions League second leg against Chelsea after confirming the defender has an injury to his right abductor muscle.

Varane did not participate in the second half for Madrid in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Osasuna, and Nacho came into place.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane remained hopeful the French international might be able to play at Stamford Bridge, yet the club’s official medical update on Monday was less optimistic.

Los Blancos announced that they will continue to monitor the hip problem and did not specify an expected return date.

“After the tests performed today on our player Raphael Varane of Real Madrid medical services, he has been diagnosed with an injury to the right abductor muscle. His recovery will be monitored, ‚ÄĚreads a brief statement from the club.

Varane played in the first meeting with Chelsea last week, a game that ended in a 1-1 draw when Karim Benzema scored to cancel Christian Pulisic’s 14th minute opener.

His potential absence will be a blow to Zidane as he plans to return on Wednesday, although Madrid have made progress without him in the competition already this season.

Nacho collaborated on Eder Militao in both legs in the quarter-final against Liverpool, and the pair helped keep a clean sheet at Anfield as Madrid came together 3-1.

However, Zidane could also have Sergio Ramos available again – the club captain returned to training last week, although he was not in the league game against Osasuna and has not played since being injured while on international work with Spain at the end of March.

Madrid are winless in their previous four away games against English opponents in the Champions League and score only two goals across these games.

The reigning LaLiga champions have also never managed to win over Chelsea in European competition, pulling twice with two defeats in previous meetings between the clubs.



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