Zinedine Zidane rules out Raphael Varane for Real Madrid's clash against Sevilla

Paola Ditto
Dicembre 7, 2017

The reigning European champions finished second in their group after losing to Tottenham Hotspur - who topped the group - in Wembley and could be drawn against the likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Manchester City or AS Roma. Lucas Vazquez then knocked in the victor with 10 minutes remaining.

"[Varane's injury] is the only bad news from the game, another injury", he told beIN SPORTS.

The Times says that Hazard has shelved talks until the end of the season, when Hazard then jets off to face England at the World Cup.

"I am convinced that by February, we'll be fine", Zidane explained during his post-match briefing. I am happy for Borja, and for Cristiano. "He already knows that position".

"After the break, we'll be okay; we are looking forward to the draw on Monday even though a hard opponent is coming".

Giving an update on defender Raphael Varane, who was forced off through injury, the Frenchman said, "He has hurt himself and we have to wait the scan results that will come tomorrow", Zidane said.

"I don't care what team we play, this doesn't take place until February", the former France midfielder added.

Back-up Jesus Vallejo is also a doubt for the match with a knock, meaning Nacho is the club's only available senior central defender and Zidane said he was toying with the idea of using midfielder Marcos Llorente in the backline. "He won't be with us Saturday, that much is certain", Zidane said after Wednesday's match. We will see. He will not be there on Saturday for sure.

"We will find a solution", Zidane said.

Zidane denied that the team's struggles recently had lead the club's hierarchy to reverse a previous stance against signing any new players in the winter transfer window. "Regarding signings, I have two goalkeepers and I'm very happy with both of them", There has been ongoing speculation regarding the interest of Los Blancos in signing Kepa Arrizabalaga in January.

"There is a possibility we will do business". We'll have to see what happens, we have this opportunity every year and we always take stock and see what's possible.

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