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Sergio Ramos to miss match against Sevilla as he continues rehabilitation from his injury

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The defender sustained the problem last month while away on international duty and has yet to fully recover.

Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos was left out of the team squad for Saturday’s La Liga clash with Seville.

After the hamstring injury he suffered while on international duty with Spain in November, the defender has returned to training.

However, prior to the squad announcement on Friday, Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane told a media conference that the 34-year-old would only make the trip if he was completely fit.

“We’re not going to take any chances with Sergio Ramos,” Zidane said.

“I don’t want to play a player who has a problem and then he makes it worse. We want all the players back”

Before being sold to Real Madrid in the summer of 2005, Ramos would miss the clash against his former side having grown in Sevilla’s academy and becoming a first-team regular.

Madrid has drawn 1-1 with Villareal without Ramos and has lost 2-1 in league play to Deportivo Alaves.

Zidane’s squad managed a 2-0 away victory over Inter in the Champions League but suffered a loss in midweek at Shakhtar Donetsk by the same scoreline, throwing their progression in the balance to the knockout stages.

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Serbian striker Luka Jovic, despite having recently registered a negative test for Covid-19, is also not included in Zidane. Although away with his national team, he had a positive test, forcing him to spend time in isolation.

Madrid is fourth on 17 points in La Liga, seven behind the Real Sociedad leaders and six behind the second-placed Atletico Madrid, who will face Alfredo Di Stefano in the derby next weekend.

The team’s league and Champions League struggles have put Zidane’s place under pressure, but after Shakhtar’s loss this week the Frenchman maintained that he would not step down.

“I will not resign—not at all,” Zidane said.

“We’ve always had delicate moments. It’s true in terms of results, it’s a bad streak, but we have to go on. Today was a final, we prepared very well but we know there’s a game to go and we have to win and that’s it.”

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