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Real Madrid concern as Ramos picks up hamstring injury

The Spain captain had to go off after 43 minutes in Tuesday's Nations League game against Germany. Varane was also substituted for France.

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Real Madrid concern as Ramos picks up hamstring injury
MIGUEL MORENATTI

Bad news for Spain and Real Madrid. Sergio Ramos suffered a muscular injury and limped out of this evening's Nations League game against Germany. Just two minutes before the first half was due to end, the centre-back was sat clutching his right hamstring and had to be taken off.

Luis Enrique brought on Eric García to replace the captain but now it's a problem which Zidane must address, as he will struggle to fill the centre-back positions in Saturday's league game against Villarreal.

Ramos was left out of the starting XI for the friendly against the Netherlands, coming on for the last five minutes. But he played the full 90 minutes of the 1-1 draw against Switzerland when he missed two penalties. Against Germany, with Spain 3-0 ahead, he was forced off the pitch. While there has been no official word from the RFEF, it looks like Ramos suffered a muscular injury although he was able to make his own way back to the changing rooms.

Varane with twinges

It's another setback for Zidane. Militão remains unavailable and is unable to return to training while he recovers from coronavirus; Nacho has returned to training but isn't match-fit - his last game was the Clásico on 24 October when he fell injured. If Ramos is ruled out, which is looking likely, Zidane will have to field Varane at La Cerámica and for next week's trip to AC Milan even though he too is not 100%. Varane was subbed off in France's meeting with Sweden with Deschamps confirming that the defender has twinges...