Real without Varane for Chelsea tie

May 3, 2021
By: Daniel Orme

Real Madrid are set to be without central defender Raphael Varane for their UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg against Chelsea on Wednesday.

The French centre-back was withdrawn at half-time in the 2-0 win against Osasuna at the weekend with a problem – an injury that has now been identified as an abductor strain.

It is set to keep him out of the trip to Stamford Bridge and adds to Zinedine Zidane’s defensive woes with right-back Dani Carvajal also ruled out.

However, in better news, the Frenchman can welcome back captain Sergio Ramos after he returned to training.

The 35-year-old did not play in the first-leg of the tie and has not been seen since with Real since a 2-1 victory against Elche back in mid-March.

Heading into the clash at Stamford Bridge, it is Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea who hold the advantage after the 1-1 draw in the first-leg in Madrid.

Christian Pulisic had scored an away goal for the Blues before Karim Benzema lashed in an equaliser for the hosts.

As it stands, the West Londoners are more fancied to book their place in the final in Istanbul. They can be backed at a price of 6/10 with Betfair to qualify at the expense of Real on Wednesday.

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