Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is ruled out with a broken nose for a yet undetermined period after a nasty encounter with Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez.
Ramos, 31, was accidentally kicked in the face by Lucas Hernandez. He received treatment and played on, but was replaced at half-time.
The Spain captain tweeted after the game: “I would bleed a thousand times for this badge and this shirt. Thanks for your support. I’ll be back in no time.”
“He couldn’t continue. We’ll have to see how long he’s out for,” Real boss Zinedine Zidane said following the goalless draw against Atleti, which set defending champions Real 10 points behind leaders FC Barcelona.
It was another frustrating night for Real Madrid, with the team lacking spark in attack. Strikers Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have scored only one goal each in their past eight La Liga games, were quiet.
Zidane admitted his side could not be happy with the chances they were missing lately, but said he was sure things would change soon.
“We played well but just lacked a goal,” he said. “I have nothing to reproach my players for. We played a great game, deserved more tonight but it was not to be. We should be patient, we are on the right path. I am sorry for the players, the effort they put in, they deserved more.”
“This is football, sometimes the ball won’t go in. I cannot explain it really. But it will come, for sure. Like last year, and like just two months ago. When a team makes a lot of chances, we cannot be happy, and the players first.”