Real Madrid and France international defender Raphael Varane, has been ruled out of Euro 2016 with a left thigh injury. The defender suffered the injury during training ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League Final clash with Atletico Madrid, and is now set to be replaced by Sevilla’s Adil Rami.
The French Football Federation confirm Raphael Varane injuryThe FFF (French Football Federation) revealed the news on Tuesday and said in a statement that scans had confirmed the initial thoughts of the Real Madrid team doctors – that their player would be out of action for up to three weeks.
Given the unavailability time considered too long against national team deadlines, (coach) Didier Deschamps decided not to retain Raphael Varane for Euro 2016,” the FFF statement read.
Sevilla defender Adil Rami, who has had a good season with his club side – winning the Europa League and coming runner up in the Copa Del Rey – had been alarmed of the injury and called up to the French squad on Monday, as cover in case Varane was ruled out of the tournament. He is now set to replace the youngster.The 30-year-old has 27 caps for France and was a regular team member under the former national boss Laurent Blanc from 2010 to 2012. However, he has not been called up to the squad since June 2013 – despite many fans calling for him to included.
Zinedine Zidane on news of Varane injury
Raphael Varane will now miss Real Madrid’s Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on Saturday and manager Zinedine Zidane admits it is a ‘big blow’ for the player and his side.
“I expect he will be out for two or three weeks. I hope for him it isn’t as severe as anticipated,” stated Zidane.
“For sure it is a big blow, but above all for him. I am very disappointed for him.” #RealMadrid #HalaMadrid #RMLiga #RMUCL #CR7 #Ronaldo