Sport Marcelo, Ramos and Valverde in Real Madrid squad, Varane to miss Chelsea game
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The Spanish defender is set to return for Real Madrid by the time Los Blancos visit Chelsea in their Champions League semi-final in around 10 days' time, according to reports in Spain. The Real captain has faced an injury-hit 2021 so far, with knee and calf injuries restricting the 35-year-old to just three appearances for the turn of the year - while Ramos has also suffered from coronavirus this month. The defender was spotted back on the training field in the club's Valdebebas centre this week, creating speculation he could return in time for the first-leg on Tuesday.
Zinedine Zidane has the deepest squad that has been available to him for some time as Real Madrid travel to face Chelsea with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Federico Valverde and Ferland Mendy all available.
Madrid have often had a significantly depleted squad over the past couple of months, with a host of key players ruled out for extended periods.
But with Los Blancos needing a positive at Stamford Bridge in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg, Zidane is once again able to count upon many of them.
While Raphael Varane's absence with an abductor injury sustained against Osasuna at the weekend is a blow, Ramos is available again for the first time since the end of March.
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Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claimed on Sunday that the Blues have jumped ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Varane for £61million this summer.Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claimed on Sunday that the Blues have jumped ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Varane for £61million.
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Whether he comes straight back into the starting XI given his lack of match action is another matter, though Eder Militao and Nacho have looked a solid pairing in recent weeks, keeping a clean sheet against Liverpool at Anfield in the quarter-finals.
Zidane will also have options at left-back, with Mendy recovering from a calf strain suffered in mid-April, while Marcelo has been able to travel.
The Brazilian was seemingly set to miss out entirely after he was called up to monitor a local election.
But, according to Spanish outlet La Sexta, an elderly woman – who was apparently a "second substitute" for the election role – volunteered to take Marcelo's place, freeing him up to join the squad before their flight to London.
Valverde, who has missed the past couple of weeks after testing positive for coronavirus, has joined up as well.
Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Chelsea, meaning they either need to win or secure a score-draw – with the exception of 1-1 – to progress to the final in Istanbul at the end of the month.
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The centre-back has only played three matches in over the last four months and it is unknown whether Zinedine Zidane will name Ramos in the starting side at Stamford Bridge. Left-back Ferland Mendy is also set to return to the Madrid squad as he also resumed full training after suffering an injury in another huge boost for Zidane.