Real Madrid could be boosted by return of Sergio Ramos for Chelsea clash as they aim to reach Champions League final as Zinedine Zidane plays down Raphael Varane injury scare
- Real Madrid and Chelsea level at 1-1 ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final return leg
- Zinedine Zidane’s side may be boosted by the return of captain Sergio Ramos
- Defender has been sidelined with a calf injury since the end of March
- Fellow centre-back Raphael Varane was taken off during 2-0 win over Osasuna
- But Zidane played down the severity of his injury ahead of Chelsea clash
Zinedine Zidane is hopeful defensive pair Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane will both be fit to face Chelsea on Wednesday.
Real Madrid have work to do in order to reach the Champions League final after last week’s 1-1 draw in the home leg of their semi-final with the Blues.
But their manager suggested they have received a timely boost ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge with the return of two key players.
The return from injury of Sergio Ramos could offer Real Madrid a major boost ahead of their Champions League semi-final, second leg against Chelsea on Wednesday night
Defender Raphael Varane (right) went off during Saturday’s game against Osasuna with a knock but should be fit for the return leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
Captain Ramos hasn’t played since the end of March after suffering a calf injury, while Varane suffered a minor injury and went off at half-time during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Osasuna.
‘I hope Varane has a small thing, he thinks it is a small thing and I hope so,’ Zidane told Movistar after Saturday’s game.
‘I hope Ramos is back. If he’s good, he’ll be with us.’
Ramos has returned to training but he watched from the stands as the first leg against Chelsea ended in a 1-1 draw last Tuesday. Karim Benzema cancelled out the early away goal scored by Christian Pulisic.
Real manager Zinedine Zidane said he was optimistic both Ramos and Varane would be fit
Eder Militao’s header ensured Real Madrid’s chances of retaining LaLiga remained alive with a 2-0 home win over Osasuna on Saturday night
Casemiro doubled the lead with a seemingly fortunate finish as they closed the gap to rivals Atletico Madrid to two points
Real prepared for the return leg with a 2-0 win over Osasuna earned thanks to late goals from Eder Militao and Casemiro. The result returns them to just two points behind LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid with four games left to play.
‘I’m happy for Militao, when he wasn’t playing he was calm, he worked hard and waited for his opportunity. He is doing very well,’ Zidane added.
Real will have to wait and see whether Fede Valverde, who contracted Covid-19, and the injured Ferland Mendy are fit enough to make the squad travelling to London.
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