Sergio Ramos could be absent for a month after suffering a knee injury in Spain’s 2-0 victory against Albania.
Ramos, 30, pulled up towards the end the World Cup qualifying match after landing awkwardly when contesting a header.
The national team skipper was then taken off in the 80th minute, and handed the captain’s armband to David Silva as debutant Inigo Martinez takes his place.
However, as the defender was able to limp off without assistance, Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui suggested after the match that he’d only suffered a sprain.
“Sergio Ramos’ injury seems to be a sprain, let’s hope it is nothing too serious,” Loptegui told reporters after the game.
Should his injury be confirmed, Sergio Ramos would join Marcelo, Casemiro and Luka Modric on Real Madrid’s growing list of injured players, which in turn had gradually disrupted a strong start to the season.
Ramos was rested in Los Blancos’ last league match, but the rotation proved costly as the capital city side was held by Eibar. The club would not want to drop any more points in La Liga after going four matches in a row without a win, so will be hoping for a speedy recovery, though one month is a long time without one of their most important players.