Sergio Ramos ready for extended spell on the sidelines of surgery
Real Madrid have struggled to keep pace with city rivals Atletico Madrid in the La Liga title race this season, and they have now received a heavy blow upon learning that their captain and talisman Sergio Ramos could be out for up to seven weeks.
Los Blancos have conceded almost double the number of goals Diego Simeone’s side have in the league this season, with Zinedine Zidane’s men currently ten points behind the leaders.
The absence of Ramos – who has already missed six league games this season due to injury – has undoubtedly had an impact on their tilt for the title, and Zidane now looks set to be without his talisman for a bit. longer after the announcement that he was forced to undergo surgery on a knee injury.
COPE reports Ramos will miss six to seven weeks of action as he undergoes post-op drug rehab, a fate that could see him miss up to ten matches, including both sets of their knockout match direct of the Champions League against Atalanta.
In terms of La Liga action, Ramos will miss the home clash with Real Sociedad as well as their huge trip to Atletico in early March.
The Madrid captain had tried to play through the pain barrier – participating in three training sessions with the first team – but not being able to participate in Friday’s session, the need for additional medical attention has since become clear. .
The injury setback is just the latest in a series of defensive issues Madrid are facing at the moment, with Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez also currently sidelined.
Zidane has chosen to field young Eder Militao alongside Raphael Varane in Real’s two previous league outings, however, the young Brazilian is currently serving a one-game ban after being sent off with less than ten minutes on the clock in of Los Blancos’ last league game against Levante.