Touched against Osasuna this weekend, the Frenchman will be absent for an estimated period of 10 days. He is therefore forfeited for the match against Chelsea.
The headaches continue for Zinédine Zidane. Two days before the Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), the Real Madrid coach has learned of the withdrawal of his central defender Raphaël Varane. The Madrid club communicated at midday, citing a muscle injury for the French.
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“After the tests carried out today on our player Raphaël Varane by the medical services of Real Madrid, he was diagnosed with an injury to the right abductor muscles. Awaiting development”, so wrote the club the most successful in history in the Champions League, which will therefore have to compose without its solid defender.
The Frenchman had been one of the few spared this season
If the news is bad, it is unfortunately not surprising. In recent hours in Madrid, the results of the medical tests have been awaited with concern. And for good reason, the 2018 World Champion was forced to give up his place at half-time, this weekend, in the match between Real Madrid and Osasuna, in Valdebebas.
Faced with a cascade of injuries since the start of this 2020-21 fiscal year, Zinédine Zidane will therefore be deprived of one of his pillars. In recent months, Raphaël Varane has not had the slightest injury problem. He only missed one match, the one against Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the C1, placed in solitary confinement because of the Covid-19.
It is still too early to know how many matches the former RC Lens player will miss. But, in principle, it will be 10 days of unavailability. He would therefore miss the match against Chelsea, in London, as well as the shock against Sevilla next Sunday in La Liga. In all competitions, he had played 39 games, even scoring two goals in the 3,436 minutes he played. An absence that should force Real Madrid to align Sergio Ramos, who is not yet 100%.