Sergio Ramos shakes the hand of Luis Enrique before leaving this Wednesday against Kosovo in Seville. CRISTINA QUICLER / AF
P Barcelona woke up this Holy Thursday with a wink from Sergio Ramos to Laporta that ended up being fatal. Months ago, the then candidate for the Barça presidency hung a gigantic canvas in front of the Santiago Bernabéu with the slogan "You want to see you again ." Now, the white captain and his team thought that a great idea to promote the second season of the documentary about his life, which will premiere on April 9 (one day before the classic), would be to install another huge poster in the middle of the city Catalan with the phrase: "Ganes de que em torneu a veure" (You want to see me again). However, that will not happen, at least in the short term on a lawn.
A new injury , this time muscular in the inner calf of the left leg, sent the center back to the infirmary for the next month. Thus, from the outset, the double clash of the Champions League quarters against Liverpool (April 6 and 14) and the clash against Barça are lost. Two duels that will mark the future of the whites and, who knows, if on the part of the dressing room, especially the Sevillian, whose contract expires in three months and his renewal has been stuck in a dark tunnel for months. Accustomed to making rubber as a survival method, Zidane and his boys face ten very delicate days that leave no room for loopholes. From this trance they will emerge strengthened, touched or sunk, but never the same. And that river they will have to cross without their leader in the field, in the words of ZZ.
This new absence, due to the context and circumstances in which it occurs, further complicates Sergio Ramos' conversations with Real Madrid. What happened these 15 days inevitably compromises him. After not traveling to Vigo for the match prior to the national team stoppage due to a blow to the left tibia, —he had just come out of a meniscus injury in his left leg that required surgery and had him out for two months—, He hesitated to enlist with Spain with the main objective of reaching an international record as soon as possible (he is four of the 184 of the Egyptian Ahmed Hassan) that has become his obsession. He toured half of Europe, but dressed in short he could barely be seen 50 minutes in two moments. He was withdrawn at halftime against Greece , he did not appear against Georgia and against Kosovo he left for five minutes with the sole purpose of adding another match. Despite his insistence and that of Luis Enrique in ensuring that his physical condition was optimal, it was surprising that a non-negotiable player until now had no more participation in three official matches that, in addition, acquired a critical point on the road from La Roja to the World Cup. Qatar.
"Little by little I am finding the rhythm," said the footballer this Wednesday after the game against Kosovo, moments before he was injured again, according to the account he himself offered on the networks. “I was training on the pitch and I noticed a puncture in my left calf. They have carried out the tests and it has been confirmed that I have a muscle injury ”, he explained. A different mishap than the one that sent him to the operating room in January. Those who treated him in Valdebebas observed a very emotionally affected Ramos. "The truth is that I have been quite hard for a few weeks, but, in football, as in life, bad luck also plays a role," he added in his writing.
This new fall is the culmination of a season in which he has been accumulating physical misfortunes in the middle of a very complicated negotiating process with the club. So far this year he has already missed 18 appointments, and going up. He was absent in the Champions League debut against Shakhtar by a blow. In November, a fiber break stopped him, which kept him out for five days. Then came the most important injury, in the meniscus of the left leg, which left him out of nine games, including the first leg of the Champions League against Atalanta and the derby at the Metropolitano.
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He hastened deadlines to reach the European round and he succeeded, but two games after returning, against Celta He had to stop again as a precaution, although that was not an obstacle to going with the national team, a movement that is the one that most compromises him. And now, another misstep. In the middle of this sequence, even some stomach problems in the hours after New Year's Eve sent him to the couch against Celta. Five stoppages in total and no full game since mid-January
Madrid have been surviving his absence, something unusual in recent times. But such a bumpy course is what the central needed the least at this time of labor litigation . After his crucial participation in the post-confinement, on the field with his goals and out as a link between the dressing room and the club to negotiate a 10% cut in salaries, things have gone wrong. If a month ago his negotiation margin to extend the contract was not great, the succession of events of the last fortnight further restricts his strength and ability to maneuver. By the time he returns, who knows where the team will be and the future that may be left to him if he does not give in to his claims.
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