Sergio Ramos has played down the severity of his injury in the 3-1 La Liga win over Eibar on Sunday after the division’s return.
The defender was substituted after 61 minutes, with his name on the scoresheet having scored Real Madrid’s second goal of the game. He was seen with a ice pack on his hamstring, but has calmed fans down ahead of Thursday’s league encounter with Valencia at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.
“The three points are great for the group from a morale perspective,” Ramos said. “Now we have to get back to work because the next match is on Thursday and we have to be ready. I picked up a bit of a knock, it’s just a strain. I’m happy to be back and to have got all three points. We’ve got 10 finals to come and we have to try and win the lot”.
Ramos also talked about the importance of the new substitution rule which allows teams to make five substitutions instead of the normal three.
“Having the extra changes is beneficial for everyone. Because of the extreme temperatures we’re going to face and the stage of the season we’re at, it’s positive for everyone”.
On Madrid’s performance on Sunday and the 10 remaining games, the skipper said: “We felt in good shape. We’ve worked hard in recent weeks to recover some of the form we’ve lost, but the team has gradually started to get back into a rhythm and to play as well as we possibly can”.
“It’s no surprise it wasn’t a wonderful performance and we have things we can improve. Physically the team was fine, you can expect to play with the intensity we showed in the first 45 minutes for the full 90. We dropped off a bit and left more spaces, but we’ll learn from it going into our 10 remaining games”