Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been ruled out of their upcoming UEFA Champions League against Inter Milan due to a hamstring injury, the club confirmed on Thursday. Real, who had won the first leg 3-2 with Ramos scoring their 2nd goal, will face Inter in the second-leg on November 26.
Ramos suffered the injury during Spain’s 6-0 thrashing of Germany in their Nations League clash on November 18. The centre-back had to be replaced by Eric García just before the break with an apparent muscle injury in his right leg which has now turned out to be a hamstring issue.
“After the tests carried out on Sergio Ramos by the Real Madrid medical department, the player has been diagnosed with a strained hamstring in his right leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed,” Real said in a statement.
Local media reported that Ramos will miss the visit to high-flying Villarreal in La Liga this weekend and the Champions League trip to Inter Milan next week.
Real’s record without their captain is poor, having lost seven of the last eight Champions League matches in which Ramos has not played.
His central defensive partner Raphael Varane is also set for a late fitness test on Friday, having damaged his shoulder while representing France during the international break. Nacho Fernandez will also be assessed after limping off in last month’s Clasico victory over Barcelona.
There was better news for the 13-times European champions with defender Eder Militao recording a negative COVID-19 test.
The Brazilian, forward Eden Hazard and midfielder Casemiro have been given the all-clear to resume training after testing positive before the international break.
Real face a gruelling schedule with games against Alaves, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevilla, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Atletico Madrid over the next three weeks.