Real Madrid lose Sneijder to rib injury

February 16, 2008

MADRID, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Real Madrid midfielder Wesley Sneijder is expected to be out of action for between three and six weeks after fracturing a rib in training on Friday.

The Dutch international midfielder will miss both legs of his side's Champions League last 16 tie against AS Roma and up to seven league matches because of the injury.

Real will also be missing Brazil forward Robinho, centre-backs Christoph Metzelder and Pepe and striker Javier Saviola for the Roma match, while Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze is doubtful.