Raphael Varane has been very unlucky this season. The French full back came back after injury on Sunday against Alavés, but he had to leave the pitch in the first minutes of the game. The defender suffered another muscular problem and he couldn’t continue playing and he was substituted by Daniel Carvajal.
Varane went under medical test and the French defender suffered a grade 2 injury in the left femoral biceps, according to Real Madrid medical statement. Therefore, the French will be out of the squad one month, so he will miss the decisive month of April.
Varane won’t be available for the games against Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and the Champions League quarter-finals against Bayern Múnich. Therefore, it will be a very important absence for the most important games of the season. Luckily, Pepe and Nacho are showing a great level, so they should be able to replace him with guarantees.
Varane is suffering many injuries that are preventing him from showing the best level. He got injured again last month at Mestalla in the game against Valencia. He had a really poor performance in that game, that Real Madrid lost, but the worse news arrive later with the medical tests.
Last season he also suffered an important injury at the end of the season. Actually, Pepe played the last round of the Champions League showing a great level, including the final against Atlético Madrid. If Pepe or Nacho show a great level in this month, they should be able to finish the season in the line-up.
This is a big blow for Zinedine Zidane, who trusts Varane a lot. Now, the French manager has to decide which full back should replace Raphael Varane. In the past he has always chosen Pepe, but Nacho’s level has increased in the last months. Besides, the Spaniard is the option for the future, because Pepe could level the club at the end of the current season, when his contract expires.