Real Madrid’s Pepe suffers fractured ribs against Atletico Madrid

Pepe scored the opening goal in the Spanish capital derby before a collision with teammate Toni Kroos ended his afternoon prematurely.

Antoine Griezmann scored a late equaliser to derail Los Blancos’ title hopes, and the day was to get even worse for Zinedine Zidane’s side as the extent of Pepe’s injury was confirmed.

A Real statement read: “The player has been diagnosed with fractures to his seventh and eighth left ribs. His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

Real take on Bayern Munich over two legs in a Champions League quarter-final this month and face a potential title-deciding Clasico against Barcelona on April 23.

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