According to Bleacher Report, Real Madrid are set to be without the services of captain Sergio Ramos due to a calf injury. The Spain international who was rested for last weekend’s win over Eibar will now miss the clash against Leganes. He will also miss games against Athletic Bilbao and Getafe.

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The club announced news of the injury on Friday. Per Marca‘s Andreas Vou, the injury will rule him out of Monday’s clash with Leganes. Being without Ramos is a major blow for Los Blancos, who still rely on the one-time Sevilla star to be their talisman at the back. Ramos is a natural leader on the pitch, a vocal presence who rallies the team in times of trouble and a highly accomplished defender.

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Los Blancos sit in third place in the La Liga standings, well ahead of fourth-placed Getafe and the rest of the chasing pack. A ticket for next year’s UEFA Champions League is all but assured, but the title is well out of reach, and the focus is on rivals Atletico Madrid, who hold a two-point advantage in second.

Having won four of their last five matches, Real seem in a strong position to close the gap to Atletico. Losing Ramos is a major setback, however, as centre-back happens to be the one area where depth is scarce.

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Nacho is the likely replacement, but, his form has been spotty at best. Former star prospect Jesus Vallejo is another option, but the 22-year-old has barely played this season and doesn’t appear to have the confidence of manager Zinedine Zidane at this point.

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That could change with Ramos sidelined, however, especially if Nacho continues to struggle. Meanwhile, After what has been the longest working week in recent seasons for Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane is preparing for Monday evening’s meeting with Leganes.

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Friday afternoon’s training session proved to be a huge boost for the French coach, as every player aside from Vinicius Junior was fit enough to fully participate in the session. Dani Carvajal returned, as did Mariano Diaz, leaving Zidane with essentially a full complement of players to choose from ahead of the next match.

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Vinicius Junior’s recovery from an injury sustained in the defeat to Ajax has been far quicker than anyone had anticipated, and whilst he will return before the end of the season, Monday’s trip to Leganes will be too soon for him.

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The Brazilian’s recent trip back to his home country as part of the Selecao’s Copa America kit launch has done nothing to detract from the work he has been putting in to return to full fitness, and common sense would suggest he will be rewarded with a place in the national squad for the tournament.

Los Blancos have nothing to play for at this point, their status in the top four is all but safe since Zidane returned to stop the freefall under Santiago Solari, and it may well be the case that the only tangible target for the European champions is to beat their fierce local rivals, Atletico, to second.

source Daily Advent Nigeria

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