Real Madrid have revealed left-back Ferland Mendy has suffered another injury setback ahead of their crucial end-of-season run in.
The Frenchman was a surprise inclusion in Zinedine Zidane's starting XI for Los Blancos' second-leg clash with Chelsea last week in the Champions League semi-final.
Mendy hadn't featured for nearly a month prior to the trip to Stamford Bridge after picking up a calf injury in early April, and the gamble backfired as he was taken off just past the hour mark having had very little impact on the game.
The 25-year-old has become an integral part of Real's starting XI this season and he was sorely missed having been forced to sit out the draw with fellow La Liga title chasers Sevilla on Sunday.
The club have now taken to their official website to confirm Mendy has picked up another injury - presumably in the clash with Chelsea - though they offered no details regarding how long a lay off Mendy is facing.
"After the tests carried out today on our player Ferland Mendy by the Real Madrid medical services, he has been diagnosed with tibial periostitis - pending evolution," the statement read.
Real can ill afford to be without their first-choice left-back as they desperately try to retain their La Liga crown. Zidane's men are currently two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid with just three games of the season remaining.
Mendy wasn't the only casualty from Real's Champions League exit against Chelsea, with the club confirming captain Sergio Ramos picked up a knock having also been rushed back from injury to participate in the game.
Including the pair after lengthy injury lay offs represented a huge risk at the time and given their abject display at Stamford Bridge and the subsequent injury news to have come out the club since the loss, the gamble has backfired massively.