MADRID (AP) – Lucas Vázquez has become the latest injury setback for Real Madrid ahead of facing Liverpool in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals,Zinedine Zidane with few options at right-back. His absence already compounds the problems for a Madrid defense without central defenders Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. Eden Hazard in the list for Wednesday’s match
when Madrid will try to defend afrom the first leg and return to the semifinals for the first time since it won the final against Liverpool in 2018. Vázquez had to be replaced near halftime in the team’s over Barcelona on Saturday in the Spanish league’s last clásico of the season. On Monday, the club said tests showed the versatile Spanish player has a .
Madrid did not say how long Vázquez is expected to be sidelined, but he will unlikely. The injury happened after he and Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets collided as they slid to reach a midfield. Vázquez had been essential for Madrid recently while playing right back as a replacement for
Dani Carvajal remains injured and won’t make the trip to England. Álvaro Odriozola is also a right-back, and he replaced Vázquez in the clásico, but he has been marred by injuries this season and has onlythis year. Zidane, in the past, improvised with Nacho Fernández as a right-back. Still, he will likely be needed as a central defender again to play alongside Éder Militão because of the absences of regular starters Ramos, who is injured, and Varane, who is recovering from the coronavirus. Midfielder Federico Valverde also left the , but he was included in the squad for the match in Liverpool. Hazard has been practicing with his teammates but still isn’t fully fit to play.
“We’ve reached the limit physically,” Zidane said after the clásico.
Madrid has won six games in a row in all competitions and is unbeaten in 13 consecutive matches. But the defending Madrid by one point with eight games.
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