Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos may have to miss a month of play after he was forced off in Spain’s 2 – 0 World Cup qualifying win against Albania with a knee strain.

Ramos received treatment on the pitch for some time after falling awkwardly while contesting a corner and he was substituted by coach Julen Lopetegui in the eightieth minute.

After the game Lopetegui said that Ramos’ injury “looks like a strain and we hope that’s all it is but the doctors are the ones who have to determine what it is. He’s a very important player for us and his club.”

The player underwent further tests in Madrid earlier this week and it showed that he has suffered a grade two tear of his medial collateral ligament in his knee.

While Ramos hasn’t had the best start to this season, conceding four penalties for club and country, his absence is sure to be felt by Real Madrid and coach Zinedine Zidane who has recently been without the Brazilian duo Marcelo and Casemiro and midfielder Luka Modric.

Zidane has already come under fire for the team’s stuttering run of four consecutive draws in all competitions which culminated in a shock 1 – 1 draw at home to Eibar last Sunday.

It seems likely that Ramos will miss Madrid’s games against Real Betis, Athletic Bilbao, Alaves and Leganes as well as two Champions League group games with Legia Warsaw.

He may also have to miss Spain’s World Cup qualifier with Macedonia on November 12 and a friendly game against England on November 15.

If the recovery goes according to plan he should be back in action in time for the Madrid derby against neighbours and La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid on November 20.