Gareth Bale has offered an update on his fitness from the Real Madrid treatment table.
The Wales international picked up an ankle injury while on Champions League duty in midweek.
He was forced out of a dramatic 2-1 victory over Sporting just before the hour mark, with it clear that he was in some discomfort.
Medical tests have since revealed that he has suffered tendon damage and is facing up to a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
It has been suggested that he could miss up to three months of the season, but Bale has posted on social media that he intends to be back in action as soon as possible.
Bale appears to be laid up in Real’s medical facility, with the club having announced on Thursday that the 27-year-old will be forced to go under the knife next week.
"The Real Madrid Sanitas Medical Services have decided that Gareth Bale will undergo an operation following the traumatic dislocation of the peroneal tendons of his right ankle," a statement read.
"The operation will take place at King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday 29th November by doctor James Calder, under the supervision of the club doctors Jesus Olmo and Mikel Aramberri."
Bale’s injury offers an untimely blow to Real’s 2016-17 campaign, with positive progress having been made at home and abroad up until this point.
Zinedine Zidane’s side sit top of the La Liga standings and are already safely through to the last 16 of the Champions League.
They are, however, set to be without the services of a key figure during an important stage of the season, with Bale expected to sit out an El Clasico clash with Barcelona on December 3, a European meeting with Borussia Dortmund, the Club World Cup and an important domestic date with Sevilla in the new year.
The winter break in Spain will offer some respite, but it could be approaching spring 2017 before Bale is back to full fitness and firing on all cylinders again.