Real Madrid have announced star defender Sergio Ramos has suffered a calf injury, and he will reportedly miss up to three weeks of La Liga action.

The club announced news of the injury on Friday. Per Marca's Andreas Vou, the injury will rule him out of Monday's clash with Leganes.

Being without Ramos is a major blow for Los Blancos, who still rely on the one-time Sevilla star to be their talisman at the back. Ramos is a natural leader on the pitch, a vocal presence who rallies the team in times of trouble and a highly accomplished defender.

Los Blancos sit in third place in the La Liga standings, well ahead of fourth-placed Getafe and the rest of the chasing pack. A ticket for next year's UEFA Champions League is all but assured, but the title is well out of reach, and the focus is on rivals Atletico Madrid, who hold a two-point advantage in second.