Real Madrid central defender Rafael Varane will miss Saturday’s Champions League final against Atletico Madrid as the result of an injury he suffered in training.
The club website has confirmed that the French international suffered a Grade-Two injury on his left hamstring. With less than a week to go before the final in Milan, it does not leave Varane with sufficient time to recover.
The injury is also just three weeks away from the start of the European Championships and he also faces a race to be fit for France’s opening game against Romania on June 10.
Varane had recently given an interview in which he talked about his frustration at only having played a total of five minutes in Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter- and semi-final ties against Wolfsburg and Manchester City, as coach Zinedine Zidane preferred the experienced pairing of Sergio Ramos and Pepe.
In the view of this situation, it will be interesting to see if Jose Mourinho, who looks certain to be named as the next coach of Manchester United in the coming days, may be tempted to make an offer for the player he worked with at Real Madrid.
Real Madrid have two other injury worries ahead of the final with Alvaro Arbeloa suffering a knee problem while James Rodriguez has a muscle strain.