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Real Madrid are facing major defensive problems ahead of the Champions League quarter-finals against Liverpool and El Clasico and Barcelona clash in La Liga after Raphael Varane tested positive for the coronavirus

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

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Madrid remain without the first defense partnership of Varane and Sergio Ramos, who were injured on an international streak with Spain last week, for a week that could determine their season

Real Madrid will host Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League on Tuesday evening at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium, before playing against Barcelona on Saturday evening and traveling to Anfield next Wednesday for the second leg of the Champions League

The news comes days after club captain Ramos was banned from the same fixtures April had been diagnosed with a calf muscle problem

Ramos was injured after being in the 86 Minute in the 3-1 World Cup qualifying win against Kosovo as a substitute for Spain was substituted on

Varane’s positive test leaves veterans Nacho Fernandez (31) and Eder Militao (23) as Madrid’s only high-ranking central defenders

Zinedine Zidane’s team are first choice even without right-back Dani Carvajal, while Eden Hazard is back in training after his last injury setback but not yet ready to play

Six Real Madrid first team players – Varane, Militao, Hazard, Nacho, Casemiro and Luka Jovic – have tested positive for COVID-19 this season as well as Zidane

Madrid are third in the league, two points behind Barcelona and three points behind leaders Atletico Nine games are still pending

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