Alvaro Arbeloa has become the third Real Madrid defender to pick up injury on international duty as he was forced to leave the pitch in the second half of Spain’s World Cup qualifier against France.
The experienced full-back torn a muscle in his right thigh and is expected to be out for around three weeks.
France forward Karim Benzema suffered a bruised knee in the same fixture and is likely to miss Real Madrid’s home game against Celta Vigo.
However, los Blancos boss Jose Mourinho will be more concerned by the injury to Alvaro Arbeloa, who was penciled to play at left-back after both Fabio Coentrao and Marcelo were ruled out.
Both Coentrao and Marcelo are set for lengthy spell on the sidelines, having picked up adductor and foot injury respectively.
As a result, Real Madrid B full-back Jorge Casado should be added to the senior squad, while Michael Essien is another option for the left-back position.
Despite the major defensive headache, los Merengues are 1.10 (1/10) favourites with Sportingbet to beat Celta at the weekend, while they are 4.33 (10/3) at BetVictor to beat Barca to the league title.