Four Real Madrid players did not take part in Monday training sessions ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge for the Champions League semi-final second leg match.

Zinedine Zidane’s men have clearly not wasted their time before their departure to London.

As confirmed by Real Madrid’s official website, they worked on pressing and possession before ending the session with a small-side game.

Four players; Raphael Varane, Lucas Vazquez, Dani Carvajal, and Federico Valverde were not part of the training group.

Valverde continued with his COVID-19 process, while the other three underwent recovery work inside the training facilities.

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In an earlier official statement, Real Madrid also confirmed that Varane has been diagnosed with a right abductor muscle injury.

According to Sky Sports, the France international is set to miss the second leg.

On the other hand, Sergio Ramos and Ferland Mendy — who were not mentioned in the training report — likely took part in the sessions and might be able to feature in the second leg.

The two defenders missed out on the first leg draw and their absences were likely one of the reasons why Zidane had to play with a back five, instead of his preferred 4-3-3 system.

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Chelsea likely with just one absentee

The home side, on the other hand, currently have two injury problems; Antonio Rudiger (facial bone injury) and Mateo Kovacic (hamstring).

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Rudiger might be able to play with a protective mask in the second leg — and has already trained wearing the mask in order to get used to it.

However, the Chelsea manager admitted that it’s “very likely” that Kovacic, who had a setback in training, will not make it for the game.

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