- Rapahel Varane is understood to be nursing an adductor injury, a situation which will see him miss Real Madrid's trip to Chelsea
- Sergio Ramos and Federico Valverde are also doubts for the Champions League meeting, handing Zinedine Zidane a major squad selection headache
- Real will be out in search of a favourable result for them to qualify for the finals, having settled for a 1-1 draw in the reverse tie played at home
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has been ruled out of side's Champions League meeting with Chelsea through injury.
Real are due to take on the Blues for the return leg of the semi-final fixture on the night of Wednesday, May 5, at Stamford Bridge.
Both teams will be desperate to get the job done during the meeting having settled for a 1-1 draw during the reverse clash played at Angelo Di Stefano Stadium in Spain.
At the time, Christian Pulisic scored Chelsea's crucial away goal, with Karim Benzema also finding the back of the net with a stunner.
Real will now have to contend with the absence of Varane during their London trip, with the versatile defender understood to be battling an adductor injury.
The development was confirmed by the La Liga giants in a brief statement, with the side announcing tests had shown the Frenchman will not be able to be involved.
"After the tests carried out today on our player by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he was diagnosed with an injury to the right abductor muscles," a club statement read.
Metro UK reports Zinedine Zidane was hoping Varane would recover in time but his absence will now leave him short on options in defence.
It remains unclear if Sergio Ramos will be involved, with the Spaniard said to have an outside chance after battling for fitness in recent weeks.
Midfielder Federico Valverde who has been filling in at right-back is also a major doubt after he contracted coronavirus recently.
The winner of the tie will face off with the winner between Man City and Paris Saint-Germain in the finals of the European elite competition.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Real Madrid stay within touching distance of Atletico Madrid following their 2-0 win over Osasuna in La Liga.
Eder Militao and Casemiro's scored two second half goals to keep Los Blancos within two points of Diego Simeone's men at top of the league standings.
Eden Hazard was given a rare start since his return from injury and he was in dazzling form for Zinedine Zidane's men.