Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos shares photo of healing nose

Ramos gave Real fans an injury update as he took to Instagram to share a picture of his recently-broken nose. He posted an image showing his nose looking less swollen than it was on Saturday.

Sergio Ramos gave Real Madrid fans an injury update on Tuesday as he took to Instagram to share a photo of his recently-broken nose.

The 31-year-old was taken off during Saturday's 0-0 draw with city rivals Atletico after being accidentally kicked in the face by Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez.

Ramos, who will not play in Real's Champions League clash with APOEL, posted a picture showing his nose looking less swollen than it was at the weekend.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos shared this photo showing his healing nose on Tuesday

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos shared this photo showing his healing nose on Tuesday

His face looked in a much better state than it had on Saturday when it was broken on the field

His face looked in a much better state than it had on Saturday when it was broken on the field

He accompanied the image with the message: 'Little by little. Step by step.'

Speaking directly after Saturday's derby stalemate, Real boss Zinedine Zidane said: 'It is a fracture, for Sergio. I believe it's broken. I don't know how long he'll be out for.'

UPCOMING REAL MADRID FIXTURES

APOEL away (UCL) - Nov 21

Malaga at home (La Liga) - Nov 25 

Fuenlabrada at home (cup) - Nov 28 

Athletic Bilbao away (La Liga) - Dec 2 

Dortmund at home (UCL) - Dec 6

Sevilla at home (La Liga) - Dec 9

A broken nose will generally heal naturally within two to three weeks, although it is possible that Ramos could return sooner if he chooses to wear a protective mask.

He hinted at a swift return on Monday when he wrote: 'I would bleed a thousand times for this badge and this shirt. Thanks for your support. I'll be back in no time'.

After their midweek trip to Cyprus — where a win will guarantee their place in the last 16 of Europe's elite tournament — Real return to La Liga duty on Saturday when they host Malaga at the Bernabeu.

Real are currently third in the table, 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.

Ramos was injured went his nose collided with the boot of Atletico Madrid's Lucas Hernandez

Ramos was injured went his nose collided with the boot of Atletico Madrid's Lucas Hernandez

Real trained without Ramos on Monday as they prepared to go up against APOEL in Nicosa

Real trained without Ramos on Monday as they prepared to go up against APOEL in Nicosa