With the Real Madrid captain facing up to six weeks on the sidelines, Sergio Ramos admits he had “no other option” but to undergo surgery on his knee.

The 34-year-old, who has seen serious speculation created at Santiago Bernabeu about his future as his current contract runs down, will for the near future be unavailable to Zinedine Zidane.

The Blancos are facing something of an injury crisis at the moment, with their first-team roster being decimated by fitness setbacks, but their skipper claims he was left with no choice but to seek medical assistance for a niggling ailment.

On social media, Ramos posted: “Hi everybody!” Everything is going as expected.

Dream about going back to work and returning to the ASAP pitch. Thanks so much for all your encouragement and comments.

“He added: “I had to undergo surgery, in the end. No one wants to be in that position, but, thank Goodness, it all turned out to be fine.

It was about medical advice and there was no other option for me. I just wanted to say that I’m pleased with how it all worked out and that I’m going to try to get back as soon as possible to support the team because this season still has a long way to go.

“I would also like to thank Dr. Leyes and all his team for their outstanding treatment and work during the operation.”

The winner of the World Cup has only sat out four fixtures, with his last game coming back on January 14 against Athletic Club in the Super Cup.

In early February, he went under the knife and is set to miss crucial upcoming fixtures in the competition for the La Liga and Champions League.

Spanish defending champions Real, who have failed to secure back-to-back wins since before Christmas, will be back in Tuesday’s domestic action against Getafe.

In the first leg of the European last-16 showdown on February 24, Zidane’s men will then take on Valencia and Real Valladolid before meeting Atalanta.

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