Real Madrid have suffered a blow on the eve of the new season with the news that midfielder Fernando Gago has been ruled out for up to five weeks.
The Argentine midfielder suffered the knee ligament injury whilst playing for Madrid in Tuesday’s 2-0 friendly victory at home to Uruguay’s Penarol.
Manager Jose Mourinho called Gago’s injury ”a setback for my plans ahead of the new season.”
The former Chelsea boss is already without a number of players ahead of the season opener against Real Mallorca at the weekend.
Real are currently without Brazil playmaker Kaka (knee), Pepe (leg muscle), Raul Albiol (sprained ankle), Ezequiel Garay (dislocated knee cap) and Mahamadou Diarra (muscle tear).
Mourinho has only one fit centre-back in Ricardo Carvalho ahead of the trip to the San Moix on Sunday evening.