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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Big Blow For Real Madrid As Defender Raphael Varane Contract COVID-19 Hours Before UCL Clash With Liverpool


Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, 27, will miss today's, March 6 UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool after testing positive for coronavirus.


The French international was set to start the quarter-final first leg in Spain but will now be unavailable for Zinedine Zidane’s side after he returned a positive Coronavirus test on the morning of the match.


The Spanish giants will be without both first-choice central defenders for the game tonight with Sergio Ramos already sidelined due to a calf injury he picked up on international duty with Spain.

 

Real said in a statement on their official website: “Real Madrid C. F. informs that our player Raphael Varane tested positive in the COVID-19 test he underwent this morning.”


Brazilian defender Eder Militao will now be required to start alongside Nacho Fernandez and Ferland Mendy, with coach Zinedine Zidane likely to use a 3-5-2 formation.


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