Real Madrid have been dealt with a huge blow going into the Champions League quarter-final crucial tie with Liverpool with experienced centre half Rafael Varane testing positive for the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
The World Cup-winning centre-back joins captain Sergio Ramos who also has been ruled out of the meeting clash with the Reds leaving coach Zinedine Zidane with a hige defensive headache.
The Blancos posted a statement on their official website regarding the news : “Real Madrid CF informs that our player Raphael Varane has given a positive result in the Covid-19 test that has been carried out this morning.”
Rafael Varane will now undergo the mandatory self-isolation which sometimes takes longer than a week meaning the World Cup winning star will also likely miss the return leg at Anfield which takes place next week Wednesday as the chase for the semi-final spot looms.
Real Madrid will also lose the Varane coming weekend when they face title rivals Barcelona in a titanic El-Clasico showdown.
Injuries have played a major impact in the 2020/2021 season campaign for the Los Blancos putting them to a real test with senior first team members being ruled out on a regular basis.
Captain Sergio Ramos, Belgian Eden Hazard and Federico Valverde all remain on the sidelines for the Whites fighting their way back to fitness.