Raphael Varane to miss Champions League tie against Liverpool after testing positive for coronavirus

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane will miss the Champions League first-leg clash against Liverpool on Tuesday after testing positive for coronavirus.

Varane’s absence follows Sergio Ramos’s recent calf injury as Real’s first-choice centre-back pairing will not be playing against Liverpool at the Alfredo Di Stefano.

The Frenchman will now be going through a period of self-isolation, meaning that he will also be out for the return leg at Anfield next Wednesday.

Nacho Fernandez and Eder Militao will likely replace Varane and Ramos against the Reds in a repeat of the 2018 Champions League final where Real prevailed in a 3-1 win.

Former Chelsea star Eden Hazard is also out of the squad despite manager Zinedine Zidane hinting at the possibility of the Belgian being involved against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Source: Sky Sports