Real Madrid can’t breathe 5 minutes when it comes to injuries this season. Raphael Varane is doubtful.
French defender Real Madrid is uncertain ahead of this week’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Chelsea.
The winner of the 2018 World Cup with the Blues was replaced at half-time in the victory against Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday night (2-0) due to discomfort in his right leg.
The French will undergo tests this Sunday, but his involvement against Chelsea now looks complicated.
This presents Zinedine Zidane with another setback and the coach may have to put Sergio Ramos back in the XI sooner than he otherwise would have liked.
In the other Real Madrid injury news, Zidane is hopeful that Fede Valverde will be available again.
The Uruguayan tested negative for COVID-19 on Wednesday and he will desperately need to receive a second negative result on Sunday that will set him free to join his teammates.
It is likely that Valverde will join his colleagues on Monday and travel with the team on Tuesday, before training at Stamford Bridge to be ready to play on Wednesday night.
There will then be a question of whether Zidane will put him straight into his XI to play on the right. If he hadn’t had the coronavirus he surely would have been an undisputed starter in London, but he’s been out of the pitch for 10 days now and being put on the pitch since the start of such a shock may not be. be not ideal.
However, Ferland Mendy faces the most difficult situation. The left-back still hasn’t trained with the squad and his involvement seems less likely with each passing day.
The hope is that he can join the squad on Monday, but a comeback for such a big game wouldn’t be easy. Meanwhile, Zidane rested both Toni Kroos and Luka Modric against Osasuna. Both midfielders played more than anyone else and they needed an opportunity to rejuvenate.