Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain will be absent for nearly a month, the Primera Division side have confirmed.
Higuain has been in outstanding form this season and put in another impressive performance at the weekend, scoring one goal and setting up the other as Madrid beat Mallorca 2-0.
The 22-year-old played the full 90 minutes on Sunday night but tests have revealed he has sustained a left foot injury that will sideline him around three weeks.
Higuain's injury comes as a big blow to Madrid, with the youngster having scored 11 goals in his last 10 matches. It should see more playing time given to Karim Benzema, who admitted on Monday to feeling somewhat frustrated with his current role as substitute at the Spanish giants.
Having already been knocked out of the Copa del Rey before Christmas, Madrid only have three more games in January, facing Athletic Bilbao and Deportivo La Coruna away, as well as hosting Malaga.
Madrid, who will also be without injured midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, are two points behind leaders Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division standings.