Ramos side­lined with knee sprain

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MADRID:

Real Madrid’s Span­ish in­ter­na­tional de­fender Sergio Ramos suf­fered a left knee sprain in the week­end’s 2-0 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing win in Albania, the La Liga side con­firmed yes­ter­day. Spain cap­tain Ramos, 30, was hurt late in the game after fall­ing awk­wardly fol­low­ing an aerial duel be­fore he was even­tu­ally re­placed by Inigo Martinez. “He has been di­ag­nosed with a grade two sprain of the me­dial col­lat­eral knee lig­a­ment in the left knee. His re­cov­ery will con­tinue to be as­sessed,” Real said in a state­ment. Real did not re­veal for how long he would be side­lined but Span­ish press re­ports spec­u­lated he would be out for at least six weeks. His ab­sence will be a fur­ther blow for Spain and Real with Zine­dine Zi­dane’s side al­ready without in­jured Brazil­ian Casemiro and Croa­t­ian Luka Mo­dric in mid­field. Ramos should miss up­com­ing La Liga games against Real Betis, Ath­letic Bil­bao and pro­moted Alaves and Le­ganes. He will also miss a Cham­pi­ons League dou­ble header against Le­gia War­saw, and Spain’s home World Cup qual­i­fier against Mace­do­nia, and friendly against Eng­land in early Novem­ber. — AFP

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