Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been left of the team’s squad for the La Liga clash with Sevilla on Saturday.
Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane, however, told a media conference prior to the squad announcement on Fridaythatthe 34-year-old would only make the tripif he was fully 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”.
Ramos will miss the clash against his former side, having developed in Sevilla’s academy and become a first-team regularbefore being sold to Real Madrid in the summer of 2005.
WithoutRamos, Madrid have drawn 1-1 with Villareal and lost 2-1 to DeportivoAlavesin league action.
In the Champions League, Zidane’s side managed a 2-0 away win over Inter but suffered a defeat by the samescorelineat ShakhtarDonetskin midweek, putting their progression to the knockout stages in the balance.
Serbia striker Luka Jovic is also not included by Zidane, despitehaving recently recorded a negative test for Covid-19. He had a positive test while away with his national team, requiring him to spend a period in isolation.
Madridsitfourth in La Liga on 17 points -seven behind leaders Real Sociedad and six behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, who they face in the derby next weekend at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
The team’s struggles in the league and Champions League have put Zidane’s position under threat but after this week’s defeat toShakhtar, the Frenchman insisted he won’t be stepping down.
“I am not going to resign – not at all,” Zidane said.
Source : goal.com