Varane tests positive

Real Madrid have been hit with a major problem ahead of their Champions League clash with Liverpool after French international defender Raphael Varane tested positive for Covid-19. He will therefore be unavailable for the clash with the Merseyside club.

OFFICIAL: Real Madrid have confirmed Raphaël Varane has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss tonight’s game against Liverpool.

— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) April 6, 2021

The positive test comes in the week not only leading up to the Champions League game but also ahead of the pivotal El Classico match in La Liga against Barcelona at the weekend. The winner of the match would take a significant stride forwards in the title race.

Zinedine Zidane’s side are already light in the area after Sergio Ramos was confirmed to be missing the game through injury.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is set to miss both legs of the quarter-final against Liverpool after suffering a muscle injury.#UCL pic.twitter.com/ppTzFnrDqn

— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 1, 2021

It is most likely that Nacho Fernandez will be joined by Eder Militao in the Los Blancos defence, a significant drop from the usual Ramos and Varane partnership. The irony being Liverpool too are without their three first team defenders, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

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