Real Madrid suffer Pepe injury blow

The centre-back has suffered an injury to his left leg and will sit out Sunday’s clash with Malaga

Pepe looks set to miss Real Madrid’s game against Malaga on Sunday after the club confirmed he has picked up a muscular injury.

The 32-year-old centre-back missed training on Friday after sustaining a knock in the 2-1 midweek win at Athletic Bilbao.

A statement from the club read: “Following tests carried out on the player Pepe at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury caused by a knock to his left leg. His condition will be evaluated.”

Pepe’s injury causes a further defensive headache for Madrid coach Rafael Benitez.

Captain Sergio Ramos is also out of action due to a shoulder problem, with Raphael Varane likely to partner Nacho Fernandez at centre-back on Sunday.

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