Garcia blow for Real
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Madrid midfielder Pablo Garcia will be sidelined for two months.Real Madrid have been rocked by the news that Uruguayan midfielder Pablo Garcia will be sidelined for two months.
Garcia was forced off after 26 minutes of Real's 2-0 win at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, having been the victim of a stiff challenge from Ismael Urzaiz.
The midfielder, who has played a key role in Real's revival this year, was sent for a scan on his knee and tests have confirmed severe ligament damage.
Garcia has ruptured ligaments in his left knee and has been informed he will be sidelined for upwards of two months.
Real coach Jose Ramon Lopez Caro has admitted it is a major blow to lose a player whose style has complemented the array of attacking talent at the El Santiago Bernabeu.
"This is negative news for us at such a key point in the season for Europe and the Liga," said Caro.
Garcia was replaced by Thomas Gravesen and the Dane could now secure an extended run in team, having been on the periphery for much of the campaign.