Sergio Ramos gave Real Madrid a scare on Saturday evening as the captain suffered a heavy blow to his left knee in the defeat to Cadiz at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Ramos tried to continue for a few minutes to see if he could carry on playing, but finally he had to leave the field at half-time. During the second half, Ramos sat in the stands with ice packs on his knee.
After the tests that were carried out on Sunday, the Real Madrid medical team ruled out anything serious, which provided respite for everyone involved with the club. However, Ramos has to be cautious, with El Clasico taking place on Saturday at the Camp Nou. Everyone knows that the Spaniard is a tough nut to crack and wants to play as many minutes as possible, but the defender will only be able to play against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday if he is able to do so.
It would be absurd for a player of his importance to Real Madrid to risk a game in which there is still relatively nothing at stake, taking into account the magnitude of Saturday’s Clasico that could have a major impact on the outcome of LaLiga Santander. On the other hand, it is clear that, as captain, Ramos wants to make up for the match against Cadiz and get the team back on track after suffering such a disappointment to the newly-promoted outfit.
What is clear is that Ramos’ presence at El Clasico is almost guaranteed, although his knee issue will be monitored throughout the week. Raphael Varane and Eder Militao would, in all likelihood, be the defensive pairing to play on Wednesday. It is logical that Ramos also wants to be available for the Champions League, since the defender’s last absence in the Europe’s top competition proved fatal for Zinedine Zidane’s team: a defeat and elimination at the hands of Manchester City.