Real Madrid have confirmed the news that midfielder Fernando Gago will be out of action for a month after sustaining a sprained knee during a bounce match in training.
The Argentine took part in a session as los Blancos’ depleted first-team squad took on the Castilla side, with the likes of Pedro Leon, Esteban Granero and last weekend's debutant Juan Carlos all taking part.
Gago had to been withdrawn midway through the match after a hefty collision with defender Daniel Carvajal, and although he walked from the pitch, the club’s medical services reported that he had suffered a concussion in addition to his knee complaint.
The medical staff at nearby Sanitas La Moraleja Hospital carried out various tests on the swollen knee and the club confirmed through their official website that the 24-year-old will be unavailable for the next four weeks.
Gago has struggled to make an impact on Jose Mourinho's first-team this season, with the acqusition of Sami Khedira during the summer putting him down the pecking order behind the German, Xabi Alonso and Frenchman Lassana Diarra.
Injury, however, delayed his start to the season, and this further setback is a major blow for the former Boca Juniors player.