Real Madrid have confirmed that Raphael Varane would miss tonight’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool, as the defender tests positive for COVID-19.
The 13-time European champions had already been without Sergio Ramos due to a calf injury he sustained on an international duty with Spain.
The La Liga giants will therefore be without their two first-choice central defenders for the game against Liverpool.
However, Zinedine Zidane will be repeating the formation of the 2018 Champions League final which Real won 3-1, by setting to field Nacho Fernandez alongside Eder Militao at the heart of his defence in the first leg.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has claimed his team won’t to be on a revenge mission against Real Madrid after their 2017/18 Champions League final defeat in Kiev, as they prepare for the first leg of their quarter-final showdown this evening.
The teams will go head-to-head for the first time since their 2018 encounter, where Liverpool suffered the devastating blow of losing top scorer, Mohamed Salah midway through the first half, with a shoulder injury, following a controversial challenge by Sergio Ramos as Real claimed a 3-1.