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Raphael Varane a doubt for Chelsea semi-final second leg

Raphael Varane a doubt for Chelsea semi-final second leg

Varane doubt for Chelsea

Real Madrid defender and French International Raphael Varane was taken off in yesterday’s 2-0 win over Osasuna due to pain in his leg.

It was revealed after the game that the 27-year old felt pain in the same area which caused him fatigue in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea.

It has not yet been confirmed whether or not the problem will prove enough to keep him out of Wednesday’s return leg.

Nacho Fernandez came on in place of the former Lens defender, to partner Eder Militao.

The Brazilian went on to score the first goal of the game in the 76th minute, and four minutes later, Casemiro secured the points to take Real second in the La Liga table.

Ramos to return

Should Varane not be available for Tuesday, Zinedine Zidane has been given a boost in the form of Sergio Ramos’ return.

The club captain has been out with an injury for a number of weeks, and missed the first leg of the semi-final.

However, Zidane confirmed that he is now back in full training, and will be available for the game on Wednesday.

Raphael Varane a doubt for Chelsea semi-final second leg

Real Madrid’s Spanish defender Sergio Ramos celebrates with Real Madrid’s French defender Ferland Mendy after scoring during the Spanish league football match real Real Madrid CF against RCD Mallorca at at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas, on the outskirts of Madrid, on June 24, 2020. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP) (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

“[Ramos] is training with us and that means he’s able to play too,” said the Real boss before yesterday’s match.

“We’ll see what we do when we name the squad, but Sergio is fit and ready to play.”

Real Madrid travel to West London having conceded an away goal through Christian Pulisic.

Karim Benzema scored the equaliser before half-time, but the tie remains very much in the balance, and if one side can win the return leg in 90 minutes, they will of course move on to the Champions League final.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.