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Pepe set to miss Galatasaray clash

8 April 2013 17:00

Pepe has been ruled out of Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final second leg with Galatasaray through injury.

According to various reports in the Spanish media, the Portuguese pulled up during a training session with a suspected muscle problem and has handed Jose Mourinho an unwelcome selection headache ahead of the Istanbul clash.

Sergio Ramos will not feature either in Turkey thanks to his first-leg yellow card, meaning that Raul Albiol and Raphael Varane will line up alongside each other in the heart of defence.

It remains to be seen how long Mourinho will be without the services of his compatriot but the former Porto defender seems certain to miss the Turk Telekom Arena clash.

"Following the Levante game, we had some injury worries about Pepe, so we'll wait for tomorrow and then see. Albiol may play instead of him," the former Inter coach said at his press conference.

The Spanish champions will also be without Xabi Alonso, who was also booked at the Bernabeu leg, meaning that Luka Modric is likely to partner either Sami Khedira or Michael Essien in midfield.

Mourinho will also have to choose between Angel Di Maria on the right wing and Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain up front.

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
9 April 2013
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
3 - 2
On aggregate
3 - 5
Venue
Türk Telekom Arena (Istanbul)
Attendance
49975

Goals

0 - 1
7' Cristiano Ronaldo
 (assist by S. Khedira)
E. Eboué 58'
(assist by W. Sneijder) 
1 - 1
W. Sneijder 70'
(assist by S. Sarıoğlu) 
2 - 1
D. Drogba 72'
(assist by N. Amrabat) 
3 - 1
3 - 2
90'+3 Cristiano Ronaldo
 (assist by K. Benzema)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
25
27 45' 58'
5
26
14 20' 70'
4
10
11
8
12 72'
19
Coach: F. Terim

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
53 90+4'
55
9
7
22
35
67
# Player Bookings
17 89' 90'
9
18
1
12
21
29

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