Real Madrid suffered yet another injury setback as centre-back Pepe picked up a a nigglea against Athletic Bilbao with Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez still recovering from their injuries.


As reported by AS, manager Rafael Benitez revealed that while the rest of the injured players continued with their rehabilitation, Pepea s condition was one that was currently being analysed by Real Madrid.

Wea re evaluating whether ita s worth the risk or not – Benitez

With Sergio Ramos ruled out due to a shoulder injury, Benitez will be disappointed to lose Pepe as Real Madrid gear up for a string of successive challenging fixtures.

a The players who we had out injured are progressing well. Pepe finished [against Athletic] with a niggle and wea re analysing the situation. Hea s not out but wea re evaluating whether ita s worth the risk or not. Ramos is improving but hea s not ready for this game.a

An official notification from the club revealed that Pepe had suffered a muscular injury to his left leg with his condition being evaluated by the club.


a 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.a

Real Madrid will also be without the services of Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Danilo as Benitez gears up for a challenging fixture against Malaga at Santiago Bernabeu.