Not a single week has Real Madrid without bad news from the infirmary. This is the injury of Raphael varane, who will miss tomorrow’s game against Chelsea in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals.
The loss of the French central joins those of two other defenders, or at least that they have exercised as such: Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vázquez. Without them you will have to form Zidane a defense of circumstances in which the big news may be the return of Sergio Ramos to the team … and as a starter.
The white captain has not played since he did a few minutes with Spain against Kosovo in the last national team break. Almost five weeks have passed, and the Sevillian player has passed the coronavirus in that time, but he is already fully recovered. He could even have returned to Osasuna on Saturday, but Zinedine Zidane preferred not to force knowing what was coming in the following games. And he was right: his presence is now key.
The very high level offered by Eder Militao in the last games it has been without a doubt one of the best news of the season. Zidane He has won a team of confidence and everything indicates that the Brazilian will return to training in the central axis. From there, the French coach only has two options: if he decides to line up Ramos, Nacho will go to the right side. If not, it will be central with Odriozola in the band.
It will also be available for the clash at Stamford Bridge Ferland mendy, who has not been able to play the last five games due to a muscle injury. The presence of the Frenchman, who trained again yesterday with the rest of his teammates, is key to winning in defensive consistency and physical strength in the face of the doubts that Marcelo offers on the left side. In addition, the Brazilian is still pending whether he should be part of the polling station to which he has been summoned for the elections to the Madrid Assembly. Today, first thing in the morning, he will go to fulfill his obligation and if he is not released in the constitution of the table, the club will try to get the player to travel on a private flight at night. Whatever happens, yes, he will be available against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The case that creates the most uncertainty is that of Fede Valverde, which yesterday underwent a PCR test to see if it had already overcome the coronavirus, but the test gave an inconclusive result. The Uruguayan player is not ruled out for tomorrow’s clash in London, but he needs to give negative in the test that will be carried out tomorrow morning to be able to travel with his teammates.
What is clear is that Valverde, who has not played for five games, will arrive in a very fair way. His presence, whether at the start or a few minutes in the second half, seems very important to give a break in the center of the field, the area in which Chelsea was far superior to Real Madrid in the first leg with a N’Golo Kanté immense. Whether or not the Uruguayan footballer reaches the clash will undoubtedly condition the plans of Zidane for the toughest game for the whites this season.