Real Madrid suffer Lucas Vazquez injury blow in El Clasico victory ahead of Liverpool trip


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Real Madrid right-back Lucas Vazquez was forced out of their 2-1 win over Barcelona on Saturday night, leaving him a doubt for their trip to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old was substituted shortly before half time after suffering a blow to his knee and will undergo scans on Sunday to assess the damage.

Vazquez has been playing at right-back due to an injury to first choice Dani Carvajal and now both are doubts for the second leg at Anfield next week.

It is not confirmed that either will be out of the second leg, but Zinedine Zidane will be sweating on their availability with his options starting to look limited in that position.

Vazquez has made 34 appearances for Real this season, starting eight Champions League games, including the 3-1 win over Liverpool in the first leg.

That win over the Reds and the victory over Barca on Saturday have helped take Real to six straight wins and 13 matches unbeaten.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring after 13 minutes against Barcelona, with Toni Kroos doubling the lead just before the half-hour mark.

Oscar Mingueza gave the visitors hope after an hour but Real held on for a big win which puts them top of La Liga.

Atletico Madrid have a game in hand on their local rivals and are only behind on goal difference, but are now chasing Real.

Liverpool warmed up for the huge second leg of the Champions League quarter-final by coming from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Anfield on Saturday.

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