Real’s Vazquez a doubt for Liverpool CL tie

Lucas Vazquez is a doubt for Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Liverpool.

The Spanish league leaders have confirmed he has suffered a sprained knee ligament after being forced off in the Clasico win over Barcelona.

Vazquez was replaced by Alvaro Odriozola after 43 minutes, having already set up a goal in the 2-1 victory. Federico Valverde was also taken off with a knock in the second half.

Lucas Vazquez featured at right-back in the first-leg win over Liverpool
Lucas Vazquez featured at right-back in the first-leg win over Liverpool

Real Madrid said on Sunday: “Following tests carried out today on Lucas Vázquez by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a sprain to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

Also doubtful are centre-back pair Raphael Varane (Covid-19) and Sergio Ramos (calf injury) after they missed the first leg on April 6, which Real won 3-1.

A double from Vinicius Junior and a Marco Asensio goal sealed the first-leg win for Zinedine Zidane’s side.

It was the first time the sides faced each other since the 2018 Champions League final and Vazquez played the full match at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

After their victory in the league over Barcelona, Real Madrid are level on points with them at the summit of the Spanish top flight, having played a game more than their rivals.


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