Raul Tamudo is set to miss Rayo Vallecano's clash with Real Sociedad after limping out of the defeat at Villarreal and coach Jose Ramon Sandoval admits he will be missed.
The former Spain international striker pulled up in the 2-0 reverse at El Madrigal and tests confirmed that he has suffered a calf injury following a series of hefty tackles.
Despite being sidelined for the encounter with his former club, Tamudo will have a further two weeks to recuperate thanks to the forthcoming international break.
Sandoval believes that the veteran goalscorer is key to his team's bid to stay in the top flight after returning last term and his absence will be a blow.
"When he went off it spoiled our plans," he said of Tamudo's Villarreal exit.
"Tamudo gives everything and that is partly the reason that he suffered this injury.
"He is very important to the team between the lines as he moves very well behind the defence and we missed him.
"I do not expect him to be available for our next game but he should recover when we have time off for internationals."