Valencia have confirmed that Geoffrey Kondogbia will be ruled out for two months through injury.
The French midfielder was forced off against Manchester United in the Champions League encounter last week and after medical tests – it has now been confirmed that he will miss the next two months of football.
It is expected that he could return to face Celtic in the Europa League with that game set for the beginning of February, but his absence will be felt as Marcelino looks to find some form over the winter period.
Kondogbia follows Francis Coquelin and Gabriel Paulista, who are both out injured.
Celtic await in Europe
Having struggled in the Champions League, Los Che will now drop down into the Europa League and they have been drawn against Scottish Premier League side Celtic.
The first leg will be played at Celtic Park, on February 14, with the return at Mestalla, on February 21 .
Mateo Alemany confirms Marcelino will remain after Sunday
“We are happy with our coach and his work and whatever happens on Sunday Marcelino will continue in his position,” said the director of football.
That may come as a surprise to some Valencia fans but after a vote of confidence from the club’s board last week, it seems Marcelino will be given the chance after the winter period to turn things around.
Europe’s most even steven side notched up another draw to fellow mid-table opponents, Eibar after Video Assistant Referee played a major role.
Valencia have now registered ten draws out of 16 games this season and means they have as many draws as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Alaves combined.
Both teams came into this in reasonable amount of form with both only losing once out of six games and it was no different at the Estadio de Ipurua as they cancelled each other out.