La Liga giants Real Madrid have nothing left to play for but pride and that means finishing above their local rivals, Atletico Madrid, in La Liga at least. But Los Blancos have suffered a major setback in their quest to achieve that feat after captain Sergio Ramos picked up an injury.
As a result, the well-decorated defender who has made 39 appearances in what has been a disappointing season for the club, is likely to miss games against Leganes, Athletic Bilbao and Getafe after the club confirmed his latest injury on Friday- he has injured his left calf muscle.
His absence will also mean Nacho Fernandez gets more playing time in the closing stages of the league season. But Ramos has not only been a rock in defence, he has actually been a good source for goals, too, having scored 10 goals this season.
Despite his efforts, Real Madrid have suffered a dismal season having already been eliminated from both the Copa del Rey and Champions League. Zinedine Zidane’s men are also out of this season’s title race with the club currently on 60 points in third position, with 13 points separating them from leaders Barcelona with just seven games left to play.
A run of four successive losses at home saw Madrid lose to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey and La Liga, while also getting humiliated 4-1 by Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League round of 16 in a game that apparently sealed the fate of Santiago Solari.
Zidane, who returned to the club after unsuccessful spells for Julen Lopetegui and Solari, will now have to guide his side through their upcoming fixtures without their club captain as he looks to overcome an issue with what the club described as “a grade one injury in the left soleus”.
Also still out injured is Brazilian sensation Vinicius Junior, while goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is likely to remain on the fringes of the first team squad having seen playing time disappear since Zidane was reappointed by the club as manager.
How big a blow is Ramos’ injury to Real Madrid’s chances of finishing above Atletico Madrid in second place of La Liga?
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