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Calf Problem Keeps Sergio Ramos Out of Training
Saturday, Jan. 16
Centre-back Ramos has already been sidelined by injury on numerous occasions this season, but J. I. Garcia-Ochoa of Spanish publication Marca confirmed the Spain international is set for another absence from Real's lineup.
Ramos missed training due to complications with a calf issue he can't seem to shake. As noted by Garcia-Ochoa: "The problems Ramos has been having with the calf muscle in his right leg have not improved, which is why the club captain was restricted to working out indoors at Valdebebas both on Friday and on Saturday."
Los Merengues started the 2015-16 season with one of the strongest defences in Europe, conceding just four goals in their first 10 Liga matches, with Ramos a key figure behind the record.
His importance to the team was highlighted in the November defeat to Sevilla, where he netted the opener before coming off with injury, after which Real proceeded to leak three goals with their star defender missing.
However, Real have suffered several embarrassing defeats even with Ramos in the lineup, including the 4-0 Clasico defeat to Barcelona and the 1-0 defeat to Villarreal.
Manager Zinedine Zidane will now look to the likes of Raphael Varane and Pepe to fill in at centre-back while Ramos makes his recovery.
Ramos will miss Gijon and could also be in doubt for games against Real Betis and Espanyol, depending on how quickly his calf heals. Madrid's attack will now be under greater pressure to carry the team in the absence of such a key defender.