Real Madrid could be without four players for the Champions League semi-final second-leg match against Chelsea but two first-leg absentees might return.

Zinedine Zidane’s men were already back in the training ground hours after their 2-0 La Liga win over Osasuna.

Similar to Chelsea, Real Madrid also rested a few key players on Saturday, including midfield duo; Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

In addition to that, Zidane might also have two players who missed the first leg; Sergio Ramos and Ferland Mendy, back in the squad for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

Real Madrid Training Session
(Photo by Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

Confirmed by Real Madrid’s official website, Ramos and Mendy trained both with and without the ball on the pitch and inside their training facilities.

While Raphael Varane, who had to come off at half-time on Saturday after feeling some discomfort in his right leg, worked on specific drills inside.

Two players; Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez missed the training session and continue their injury recovery.

Federico Valverde, on the other hand, is likely going to miss the second leg, having also missed the first leg due to COVID-19.

Real Madrid v Chelsea - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Leg One
(Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Chronicle view

According to a report from Marca, Ramos and Mendy are set to return for the second leg, while Varane will have to wait for the results of his MRI scan.

It means Real Madrid could be without three or four players, depending on Varane’s fitness.

With Ramos and Mendy back in the team, Zidane is likely going to deploy his preferred 4-3-3 system, adding an extra attacker to his line-up, on Wednesday.

The 3-5-2 structure they used in the first leg did not really work, largely because Chelsea wing-backs; Ben Chilwell and Cesar Azpilicueta won their battles with Carvajal and Marcelo.

The formation change could change the dynamic of the second leg.

Chelsea might have to dig deep and defend their slight away goal advantage but would have more space to exploit in the final third.

Have something to tell us about this article?