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Football: Kneecap injury rules Arbeloa out for three weeks

Published on Mar 8, 2014 8:01 PM
 
Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa (right) looks set to miss his side's crucial La Liga clash with Barcelona on March 23, 2014, owing to a cracked right kneecap. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa looks set to miss his side's crucial La Liga clash with Barcelona on March 23 owing to a cracked right kneecap.

The club confirmed the injury on Saturday morning without specifying how long they expect the Spanish international to be on the sidelines.

However, several Spanish media outlets reported that Arbeloa would miss the next three weeks.

Should that be the case, the former Liverpool man will be ruled out of La Liga matches against Levante, Malaga and Sevilla, on top of Barcelona's visit to the Santiago Bernabeu, and the second leg of Real's last 16 Champions League tie against Schalke.