Malaga full-back Miguel Torres has been ruled out of action for a further month through injury.
The former Real Madrid youth product broke down in the training session previous to Sunday’s 3-2 home victory against Deportivo La Coruna.
Torres has strained his calf muscle in his left leg as his miserable fortune with injury seems to show no sign of abating. The Malaga vice captain was on the comeback trail from other muscle issues, believed to be different to the one from which he is currently suffering.
The 31-year-old, who joined the Blue and Whites from Greek side Olympiakos in 2014, underwent tests on Monday which confirmed he would be missing from action for at least a month, with a comeback not likely until 2018.
Torres has been a miss for head coach Michel who has struggled for consistency in his back line with Federico Ricca also out for the long term and Diego Gonzalez only just returning from injury problems of his own.
Despite never having been an automatic starter, Torres has always been a dependable presence and is highly valued by the Malaga hierarchy for his dependability and, most of all, versatility.
Torres can play in any position across the back four and was rewarded with a new contract earlier this season which will run until 2020.