New Delhi: Real Madrid registered their 18th league win of the season in a painful fashion losing James Rodriguez in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over a resurgent Sevilla at home.
The Colombian star took a heavy knock to his foot in the 26th minute of the first half, and was soon replaced by Jesse Rodriguez. Later, x-rays confirmed a break in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot, which will require surgery. He is expected to be out of actions for at least two months.
The 23-year-old had scored the opener in the 12th minute of the match from a Marcelo set-up to give the vital lead at Santiago Bernabeu before limping out of the match. His substitute Jess scored in the 36th minute to double the lead. Sevilla scored their consolation goal deep into the second half, thanks to an Iago Aspas effort in the 80th minute.
With the win, the reigning European champions have extended their lead at the top of La Liga table by four points over fierce rivals Barcelona after the end of Round 21.
In all likelihood, James will miss Real Madrid's Champions League last-16 tie against Schalke on 18 February and 10 March, and in the domestic front, the Madrid derby against Atletico. Diego Simeone's side won the first leg of the derby at the start of the season.
Carlo Ancelotti will be without the services of experienced Sergio Ramos – who also picked up an injury against Sevilla, but World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo will be available after serving a two-match ban for the Atletico match.