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Sunday 17 December 2017

James Rodriguez to miss Champions League clash with Schalke after breaking metatarsal

James Rodriguez of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring during the 2014 Spain Super Cup football match 1st leg between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid
James Rodriguez of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring during the 2014 Spain Super Cup football match 1st leg between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez is facing a spell on the sidelines after breaking a metatarsal during Wednesday night's 2-1 win over Sevilla.

Madrid opened up a four-point gap at the top of La Liga with the win, but it came at a price as Rodriguez - who opened the scoring with a diving header after 12 minutes - and Sergio Ramos both went off injured.

Madrid later confirmed a broken bone for the Colombian, who could be out for around two months.

A statement on the club's website said: "After the tests carried out on James Rodriguez by the Real Madrid medical services at the Sanitas La Moraleja Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The player will undergo surgery in the coming hours."

Ramos had been substituted after nine minutes with a hamstring problem, but it is unclear how long the defender may be sidelined.

"Sergio had a hamstring problem," manager Carlo Ancelotti said on the club website. "We cannot evaluate it yet. We must wait a few days."

Rodriguez's replacement in the match, namesake Jesse Rodriguez, had doubled Madrid's lead before Sevilla - who themselves lost goalkeeper Beto to injury - replied late on through Iago Aspas.

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