Zinedine Zidane will be without Sergio Ramos for six weeks, with tests carried out in Madrid on Monday showing that the knee injury suffered in Spain’s 2-0 win over Albania is a grade two sprain.
The centre-back landed awkwardly on the Loro Borici Stadium turf after contesting a header in the Sunday evening World Cup qualifier and had to be substituted in the 80th minute.
“After tests carried out today on our player Sergio Ramos at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a grade two sprain of the medial collateral knee ligament in the left knee,” a club statement read, clarifying the Spanish FA’s initial diagnosis – which was unsure whether the sprain was grade one or two.
“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”
His absence will be a major blow for Real Madrid, who struggled without him when he was rested in their last LaLiga match against Eibar – which was drawn 1-1.
Among the matches set to be missed by the Andalusian are this weekend’s trip to Real Betis and the home and away Champions League fixtures against Legia Warsaw, while he will also be a doubt for the trip to the Estadio Vicente Calderon on the weekend of November 19.
Assuming his recovery lasts no longer than six weeks, Ramos should be available for the Clasico at the Camp Nou in the first weekend in December.