Real Madrid have been hit with a double injury blow with James Rodriguez set to miss two months with a broken foot and Sergio Ramos three weeks with a hamstring injury.
The pair picked up the injuries in the 2-1 win over Sevilla last night, a game in which James scored in. Ramos didn’t last 10 minutes and was replaced by Nacho Fernandez after he pulled up with the injury.
The news will be a big blow to boss Carlo Ancelotti, who is already facing a defensive crisis for this weekend’s derby with Atletico de Madrid at the Vicente Calderon. Left back Marcelo is suspended while Ramos’ usual defensive partner Pepe is also sidelined through injury.
Los Blancos will also be missing two of their usual midfield trio after news of Rodriguez’s injury. The Colombian had formed an excellent understanding with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos until Modric picked up a long-term injury back in November. To make matters worse, Sami Khedira has missed of the campaign through injury.
A statement on the club’s official website confirmed the injury, and means he will miss the knock out games against Schalke and possibly the quarter finals of the Champions League should Madrid progress.
“After the tests carried out on James Rodriguez by the Real Madrid medical services at the Sanitas La Moraleja Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The player will undergo surgery in the coming hours,” he read.