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Real Madrid's defensive woes deepen as Vallejo suffers hamstring injury

12:15 GMT 20/01/2018
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With Sergio Ramos out with a calf problem, the Merengue are left with just two centre-backs with this latest setback

Real Madrid have confirmed that Jesus Vallejo is set for a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring injury.

The defender picked up the problem during the first half of Thursday's 1-0 Copa del Rey quarter-final first-leg win at Leganes.

Vallejo was replaced by Nacho Fernandez in the 15th minute and the Spain Under-21 international's recovery will continue to monitored.

"Following the tests carried out today on our player Jesus Vallejo at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury to his right hamstring," read a brief Madrid statement.

"His recovery will continue to be assessed."

Vallejo's injury follows a calf problem for Sergio Ramos which has kept the Spain centre-back out for two weeks. 

Nacho and Raphael Varane are the club's only options left in the heart of defence as they look to put a faltering Liga defence back on track.

The Spanish and European champions, a mammoth 19 points behind leaders Barcelona, host Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.