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Real Madrid want Varane back after international duty injury

The defender was taken off during France's friendly against Iceland and Real Madrid want him back at the club to assess the extent of his problem.

Didier Deschamps y Raphael Varane.

Raphaël Varane was substituted at half time of France’s international friendly game against Iceland after picking up an injury, causing alarm bells at Real Madrid who fear that the loss of the defender will serve to aggravate their current defensive issues.

The France Football Federation has not made any statement about the nature of Varane’s injury but the lack of a report from their medical department suggests it is nothing serious and the FFF said that he had been withdrawn merely as a precaution.

However, Madrid are concerned about the situation and would prefer Varane to return to the club before France’s Nations League glamour clash with Germany on Tuesday, which the defender is unlikely to play any part in.

Varane one of Lopetegui's key players

Raphael Varane, Olivier Giroud and Kari Arnason in action.

Varane has been Real’s fourth-most used player this season under Julen Lopetegui, featuring for 870 minutes so far and starting every game apart from the Liga opener against Getafe and the subsequent game against Girona, when he played 30 minutes off the bench. He has played the full 180 in the Champions League and was on the pitch for 120 minutes in the Super Cup as well as racking up 225 minutes for France since the start of the season.

With Dani Carvajal out and Marcelo feeling his way back from injury, Madrid are not eager to risk any more defensive losses and will request that Varane return to the club as soon as possible to undergo tests.

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Table PTS W D L
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4Real Madrid 14 4 2 2
5Espanyol 14 4 2 2
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*Update 13 de octubre de 2018