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Madrid defender Varane to miss Barcelona match

April 1, 2016

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane will miss Saturday’s “clasico” match at Barcelona because of injury.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says Varane has been ruled out after suffering an undetermined injury while playing with France.

Zidane says Varane will undergo tests to determine the injury because “we don’t know what is wrong with him exactly.”

That leaves Zidane with Nacho Fernandez as the only natural substitute for centerbacks Sergio Ramos and Pepe.

Barcelona also lost defender Jeremy Mathieu to injury while playing with France.

Barcelona leads third-place Madrid by 10 points at top of the Spanish league.

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