By Guy Giles
Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of securing a famous Champions League win against two-time defending champions Real Madrid have been boosted after Los Blancos confirmed Isco and Raphael Varane both missed training on Monday.
The teams meet on Wednesday for the second time in two weeks after Spurs put in an impressive away performance to come away from the Santiago Bernabeu with a point from a 1-1 draw.
Spurs’ chances of following up that draw with a win at Wembley have been increased by Real’s injury problems, with the club confirming Isco and Varane are now among six first team players who could remain on the sidelines.
Gareth Bale, who had hoped to make his return from a long-term calf issue, returned to training, but away from the main group.
Mateo Kovacic and Dani Carvajal have also been ruled out and Keylor Navas is a big doubt too.
However, Spurs have injury problems of their own, with star man Harry Kane still struggling with the hamstring problem that kept him out of their 1-0 defeat to Manchester United over the weekend.
Kane has not yet been ruled out of the clash, with the striker keen to play, but a decision on his fitness will be made closer to the time.
First team players Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela remain sidelined, however Danny Rose is in line to make his return to the starting lineup after a long-term knee injury.
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