Sergio Ramos ruled out for five weeks

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos will be out of action for five weeks, manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Friday.

Spain international Ramos, 28, suffered a torn hamstring in Wednesday’s 2-1 La Liga win over Sevilla and limped off after just nine minutes.

“Sergio’s injury is a serious one. He’ll be out for five weeks,” Ancelotti explained.

Ramos, who had already been ruled out of Saturday’s derby against Atletico Madrid, could also miss both legs of Champions League last 16 against Schalke, on February 18 and March 10.

The centre-back’s absence is a major blow for Real, who already had to do without James Rodriguez (foot), Pepe (rib) and Luka Modric (thigh).

Against their Madrid rivals, Real are set to start with Raphael Varane, 21, and Nacho, 23, at the heart of the defence.

“I trust those two players. They are very good players. They are dedicated and willing to play. I am convinced they will do good things on Saturday”, Ancelotti said.

Real, currently top of the league with 54 points, face Atletico on Saturday for the tenth time in the past year in all competitions.