Amath Ndiaye is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering cruciate ligament damage against Leganes on Friday evening.
The battling midfielder was forced off in the game and has since undergone various medical tests, which have confirmed that he is likely to miss the remainder of the season.
The Senegalese international will be a huge miss for Jose Bordalas, who has heavily relied on the midfielder this season.
Honours even at Butarque on Friday evening
The first of the La Liga’s weekend fixtures began with Leganes hosting Bordalas’ side in a Madrid derby and it did not fail to entertain.
The visitors had the larger dominance in the first period and it was Leandro Cabrera who opened the scoring in the 39th minute with a well taken header.
The home side changed their approach in the second period and became more attacking, taking over the possession stats which ended 67% in their favour at the 90 minute mark.
And, their change in style and play ended in success when Cameroon defender Allan Nyom got himself a rare goal, netting the equalizer inside the area just after the hour mark.
The game then filtered out to a draw, despite the home side continuing to knock on the door.
There was one last bit of action to discuss though as Leganes midfielder Ruben Perez was sent off three minutes into injury time.
Bordalas does not believe Leganes were superior
“It was a very direct game, ” he told reporters. “They had two strong strikers and chose to play that way. It demands a lot from us, the team had to play on the back foot but I do not think we were superior.
“The support of our fans was superb, they encouraged us from the start and we wanted to give them victory, but it could not be. Leganes are in good shape.”