Confirmed: Real Madrid lose player for Chelsea clash

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Chelsea have a fully fit squad, with Mateo Kovacic currently the only absentee, and Thomas Tuchel is hopeful to have him back for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final clash against Real Madrid.

But for Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, a good number of his players have been sweating it out over their physical fitness.

Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal has now been ruled out for the remainder of the season and will miss Real Madrid’s Champions League tie with Chelsea next Wednesday.

Carvajal has had fitness issues over the past 12 months, and has suffered from hamstring, muscle and medial ligament issues. He had picked up a fresh injury that forced him to be substituted in the first leg clash against Chelsea on Tuesday.

The Real Madrid right-back was unable to take part in training on Thursday, and has now been ruled out until the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is keen to have his captain Sergio Ramos ready for the second leg against Chelsea, and also his other injured stars.

“I hope he is with us. Sergio has not yet trained with the team,” he said. “We are waiting for him to return, hopefully he can be there as soon as possible, but not only him, all of them.

“Lucas [Vazquez], Ferland [Mendy], Fede [Valverde]. All the players. I want the players with me.”

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