Chelsea may have been handed a huge advantage going into their Champions League tie with Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane’s injury concerns continue to mount.

Marca reported that Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vazquez would definitely miss the European clash next week.

Ramos has only recently started his recovery from a calf problem, whilst Vazquez is out for the season with cruciate ligament damage.

Real Madrid Training Session
MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 22: Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid training at Valdebebas training ground on April 22, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

Federico Valverde is the other guaranteed absentee.

It was confirmed on Sunday that he had tested positive for coronavirus, meaning a self-isolation period of ten days that covers the Chelsea game.

There is also major doubt surrounding Ferland Mendy’s fitness.

In the same Marca article, they state that the French full-back is being assessed as he overcomes a muscular overload.

Real Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander
MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 10: Head coach Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid talks to Ferland Mendy during the La Liga Santander match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on April 10, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Zidane might be sweating over the health of Toni Kroos and Luca Modric as well.


Neither trained with the group yesterday, as the Madrid manager wraps his two midfielders up in cotton wool.

Kroos and Modric have missed the past two La Liga matches, with abductor and back-issues respectively.

Real Madrid Training Session
MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 23: Toni Kroos and Luka Modric from Real Madrid CF at Bérgamo training ground on February 23, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Antonio Villalba/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

It is unlikely either will play a part against Real Betis tomorrow, as Zidane keeps one eye firmly on the Chelsea fixture.

In comparison, Thomas Tuchel has almost a full-bill of health going into Tuesday’s tie with Madrid.

Mateo Kovacic is out with a hamstring injury, whilst Thiago Silva was rested for the Brighton & Hove Albion contest midweek.

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