Raphael Varane out for the Clasico and Liverpool games with Covid-19

The Madrid defender will not be available at this crucial stage of the season

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Real Madrid will be without key defender Raphael Varane for the Clasico, as well as likely both legs of their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool.

“Real Madrid C. F. informs that our player Raphael Varane tested positive in the COVID-19 test he underwent this morning,” said Madrid in a statement on Tuesday.

Los Blancos are already without defenders Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal, and so will have a makeshift back line for the games, with Nacho, Eder Militao and Ferland Mendy likely to form a back three.

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