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The former Real Betis and Valencia man was taken off during a charity fixture on Thursday evening, and will miss four weeks of football due to a muscle tear

Malaga winger Joaquin faces a month out of football after being diagnosed with a torn cuadricep muscle following an injury sustained during a charity match.

The Spanish club's official website confirmed that the former Real Betis and Valencia star suffered the injury during the 'Champions for Africa' fixture held on Thursday evening, and was immediately attended by club medical staff. He was diagnosed with a grade two tear in the right cuadricep.

Malaga estimate that the injury would keep him on the sidelines for up to a month, although he would be monitored closely during recuperation.

Joaquin signed for Malaga in June 2011 after five years at Valencia where he lifted the 2008 Copa del Rey. He has also appeared 51 times for the Spain national team, scoring four goals.