Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has coronavirus. The Spanish club announced on their website that Varane tested positive for COVID-19.
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has tested positive for COVID-19, the club confirmed today.
“Real Madrid CF announces that our player Raphaël Varane has given a positive result in the COVID-19 test that has been carried out this morning,” read the statement.
So, Raphael Varane has coronavirus. The news breaks with hours to go before the quarter-final Champions League bout between Madrid and Liverpool in Merseyside on the night.
This effectively rules out Varane for the Real Madrid-Liverpool quarter-final fixture in the UEFA Champions League.
Madrid are already without winger Eden Hazard, who is not fit enough after the latest in a long list of injuries. Sergio Ramos is also injured.
Nacho Fernandez will now be the replacement in central defence at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium.
Moreover, Eder Militao will likely start for the match now, because of Varane’s last-minute brush with the virus.
Meanwhile, though they only just recovered from an injury crisis, Liverpool have no fresh injury worries for the quarter-final meeting.
For their side, Diogo Jota should start, after he scored twice as a substitute against Arsenal in EPL on Saturday.
Real Madrid and Liverpool have won the competition 19 times between them.