Sergio Ramos is out of Real Madrid’s opening Champions League match against a Shakhtar Donetsk squad depleted by the coronavirus.
Ramos is nursing a left knee injury and did not practice with the squad on Tuesday. He took a knock on the knee on Saturday in the first half of the 1-0 home loss to Cadiz in the La Liga Spanish league and was substituted at halftime.
“We don’t want to take any risks,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday, a day before the team hosts Shakhtar. “He hasn’t been able to practice normally.”
Three days after facing Shakhtar, Real Madrid has its biggest match of the season so far – the El Clasico against Barcelona at Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday.
Ramos has been key for Madrid recently, in defense and in attack. He was among the team’s top scorers after the league…