Fabio Coentrao will miss the beginning of Real Madrid's 2014-15 campaign after twisting his left knee in preparation for the team's La Liga opener against Cordoba on Monday evening.
Rhiannon Jones of Real Madrid TV confirmed that the Portuguese international would be absent for the home fixture, but no estimate on a return is detailed:
Carlo Ancelotti has opted to use Coentrao ahead of Marcelo for the most part in recent games, starting the 26-year-old in the second leg of Real's Spanish Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid and also their UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla.
The left-back has gone through tough patches since moving to the Bernabeu in 2011, but Inside Spanish Football quoted him earlier this month in saying he now feels more appreciated:
Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping the twist isn't a serious one so that Coentrao may return to have an impact on the campaign sooner rather than later.
However, in his absence, Marcelo will be a more than worthy alternative, bringing an attacking dimension to the full-back role that Coentrao perhaps hasn't offered in as much of an abundance.
Granted, the shift can tend to leave Real more susceptible at the back, but the 1-0 loss to Atleti perhaps showed that more ambition is required in possession.
Marcelo is very likely to deputise in Coentrao's absence for the visit of Cordoba, and further assessment will reveal the extent of the blow, along with more details on how long Real will be without their defender.