Raphael Varane has returned a positive covid-19 test and will miss the crucial home leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool on Tuesday and Saturday’s Clásico against Barcelona.
Just after 1pm local time in Spain, Real Madrid announced that their French defender had tested positive for the coronavirus. He will now have to be isolated for a number of days and will miss these two huge games.
Comunicado Oficial: Raphaël Varane. #RealMadrid
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) April 6, 2021
With Sergio Ramos already ruled out through injury, it is expected that Nacho and Militao will take their places at the heart of the defence, with a chance that a back five is created with Mendy coming into the centre and Marcelo/Vázquez wide.
The last time we saw Los Blancos play with without their talismanic Spanish captain and his French partner in the Champions League was when they faced CSKA Moscow in 2018…a game they lost 3-0.