During Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday, a collision between Pepe and Toni Kroos sent the Portuguese international the hospital. The club has released a statement that Pepe has fractured two ribs. There’s already speculation that Pepe may miss the remainder of the season.
With Raphael Varane already on the injury list, this leaves Madrid with only Sergio Ramos and Nacho as centerbacks. Zinedine Zidane could cram Danilo and Casemiro in at centerback, but neither players are a natural fit.
Once a risk to always be sent off the field for something stupid, Pepe has evolved into a relatively rock solid defender for the club. Losing him as Ramos’ partner at the back could be a huge blow for Madrid heading into the Allianz Arena an facing an in-form Bayern attack of Robert Lewandowski, Franck Ribery, and Arjen Robben.
Kroos, a former Bayern player, really came through for his former club.