Raphael Varane got injured the 22nd of February against Valencia, in the postponed game Los Blancos lost at Mestalla. Since then, Pepe and Nacho have been replacing the French full back with success. However, his return is closer and Varane could be ready to play the next 2nd of April against Alavés at home.
The French full back suffered a muscular injury at Mestalla. Varane played a really poor game and, actually, he was blamed for the second goal scored by Valencia that day. Zidane decided to substitute him but it was because he was injured. More than one month later, Varane is still injured, but now he’s training to be ready for the next game.
Didier Deschamps didn’t include Varane in the list to play against Luxembourg and Spain. Therefore, the French defender has time to work at Valdebebas and recover fully from his injury. These are very good news for Zidane because he should have all the defenders ready to face the crucial month of April, when they will play against Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
When Varane was available, it was Zidane’s first choice to be Sergio Ramos’s pair in the defensive line. The French footballer played all 18 games in La Liga in the starting eleven and also seven games in the Champions League. However, when Pepe and Nacho replaced him, both did it with success and we have to remember that last season the Portuguese played the Champions League final and the last rounds of this competition.
At the moment, Pepe is also injured and he couldn’t play the last La Liga game. However, the full back went with the Portuguese national team and he’s expected to play in the fixtures with Hungary and Sweden. For this reason, Pepe should be available to play with Real Madrid against Alavés so Zidane will have another problem to decide Sergio Ramos’ pair.