The French central Real Madrid, Raphael Varane, will miss the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday against Liverpool, after testing positive for Covid-19, the merengue club reported.
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“Our player Raphael Varane has given a positive result in the COVID-19 test that was carried out this morning,” the white team published in a brief statement.
The loss of Varane is a hard blow for the defense of Madrid, after the absence of Sergio Ramos, injured in the left calf.
The Frenchman will not only miss the match against Liverpool, but he will also not be able to be on Saturday in the league Classic against Barcelona, in which Real Madrid will play a good part of its options in the Spanish championship.
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Thus, Zidane is left only with Nacho and Militao as central for these two difficult games against the Reds and Barça.
Varane joins the list of players who have suffered the coronavirus, such as Eden Hazard, Casemiro or Militao, in addition to the coach himself.