Zinedine Zidane’s misery from Real Madrid’s shocking 1-0 loss at home to Cadiz was compounded by Sergio Ramos’ injury.
Ramos sustained a hefty blow to his left knee during the first half of Real Madrid’s LaLiga match against Cadiz on Saturday and didn’t reappear after the break. Therefore, Eder Militao replaced him in the back-line.
Los Blancos have offered no updates on their skipper’s status, but’s likely his withdrawal at half-time was more of a precaution above anything else.
Nevertheless, Zidane faces an anxious wait for updates to determine whether there is something to be worried about Ramos after all.
“Let’s hope it’s nothing major, it’s a knock and we’ll do what we have to do tomorrow to see exactly what the issue is,” the Real Madrid boss told reporters in his post-match conference. “Let’s hope it’s a minor one”.
The potential loss of Ramos couldn’t be more inconvenient for Los Blancos ahead of some key fixtures. Shakhtar Donetsk will come first on Wednesday for their Champions League opener. Then it’s the famous ‘Clasico’ against rivals Barcelona at Camp Nou next Saturday.
Although that nightmare first-half display against Cadiz will be fresh on Zidane’s mind for some time. The Frenchman even conceded that the visitors could have scored two or three goals against his side.
In the end, though, Anthony Lozano’s 16th-minute effort was enough to seal the LaLiga new boys a shock win in the Spanish capital.
“There’s no explanation,” admitted Zidane.
“We’ve got to accept defeat and that’s all there is to it. We can’t be pleased with ourselves and we’re not, but these things can happen in football.
“We really struggled to get into the game, it was really tough right from the off. We improved after the break, but we could have had no complaints had they been two or three up in the first half.
“If you don’t get off to a good start, things can become an uphill struggle and that’s what happened tonight, but it’s no excuse.”