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Real Madrid: Varane to miss Chelsea and Sevilla matches

The French centre-back suffered an injury to his right abductor muscle and faces a minimum of 10 days on the sidelines.

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There seems to be no end to Real Madrid's injury problems. This time, Zidane will have to make do without Raphaël Varane who has suffered an injury to his right abductor muscle, Real Madrid confirmed in a medical report on Monday. It was the reason why the defender asked to be taken off during Saturday's league meeting with Osasuna. Varane faces a minimum of 10 days on the sidelines. Luckily for Zidane, Sergio Ramos is now ready to return while Nacho and Militão have been performing superbly over the past few weeks. Nevertheless, it is still a setback for the coach to lose one of his first-choice centre-backs.

Varane underwent an ultrasound scan on Sunday but it failed to pick up any problem. It was only when medical staff decided to perform an MRI scan on Monday that the injury was detected - a small microtear to the muscule, a minor injury but serious enough for Varane to miss the most important game of the season so far - Tuesday's Champions League semi-final return leg against Chelsea in London.

He will also sit out the following game, at home to Sevilla in the league, a vital game which Madrid must win to remain in the title race. He will also struggle to return in time for Week 36 meeting with Granada at Los Cármenes on Thursday 13 May.

Varane could return for the final two league games of the season, against Athletic Club in Bilbao and Villarreal in Valdebebas, and possibly a hypothetical Champions League final against either City or PSG in Istambul on 29 May. That is, if Madrid are capable of winning the return leg against Chelsea, which at the moment favours the Premier League side who draw 1-1 in the first leg.