Raphael Varane to miss crunch Chelsea clash after Real Madrid confirm injury

French defender sustains adductor problem ahead of Champions League semi-final second leg

Raphael Varane in action for Real Madrid against Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final first leg. Varane will miss the second leg with injury. Getty Images
Raphael Varane in action for Real Madrid against Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final first leg. Varane will miss the second leg with injury. Getty Images

French defender Raphael Varane is expected to miss Real Madrid's crunch Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea on Wednesday after the club confirmed he has sustained an adductor injury.

Varane, 28, was taken off at half-time of Madrid's 2-0 win over Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday and the World Cup-winning centre-back is now expected to sit out the game at Stamford Bridge.

Real Madrid drew 1-1 with Chelsea in last week's first leg at Valdebebas.

"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 adductor muscle," Real Madrid said in a statement on Monday.

Varane's injury is another major blow for Madrid, who are also in the heat of La Liga's title race, with a pivotal match at home to Sevilla coming up on Sunday.

Zinedine Zidane's side are two points behind Atletico Madrid, with four games left to play.

Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez will likely form the central defensive partnership against Chelsea after they excelled while Varane was recently absent due to a positive test for Covid-19, which saw him miss Champions League quarter-final second leg against Liverpool last month.

Sergio Ramos is also nearing a return to fitness following a calf injury, but it would be a surprise if the 35-year-old was thrown back in against Chelsea, after more than a month out.

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Updated: May 3, 2021 03:57 PM

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