Madrid, Apr 1 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid on Thursday confirmed that captain Sergio Ramos had sustained an injury while on international duty.
In a statement, the Spanish club said the center-back had suffered an injury to his left calf muscle.
Real Madrid did not specify a recovery time but the type of injury usually sidelines a player for at least one month.
Ramos was brought on for the tail-end of Spain’s World Cup qualifier against Kosovo last night.
In an Instagram post, the Spaniard confirmed that he felt a pain in his muscle during a post-match training session.
He is set to miss Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final ties with Liverpool on 6 and 14 April as well as the Clásico against Barcelona in LaLiga on 10 April.
“What hurts the most is not being able to help the team in these highly-demanding matches,” the 35-year-old said. “And to not give back the love and energy you provide on the pitch.”
Ramos has missed around 20 matches due to injury complaints this season.
His call up to the national team for games against Greece, Georgia and Kosovo caused a stir back at Real Madrid.
He came on against Kosovo for the final five minutes of Spain’s 3-1 victory on Wednesday night, a decision that will be the subject of close scrutiny now that he is injured once again. EFE-EPA