Malaga hit by Joaquin injury

Winger expected to be out of action for a month

Joaquin: The Malaga star suffered a grade-two tear in the right quadricep

Malaga have suffered a major injury blow with the news that Joaquin faces up to a month on the sidelines after suffering a muscle tear.

The winger has been diagnosed with a torn quadricep whilst playing in a Champions for Africa charity match.

The former Spain winger, who made 51 appearances for his country, joined the Qatari owned club in the summer from Valencia.

And following a promising start to their campaign, the club currently occupy seventh position in La Liga - just five points off the Champions League spots.

The club medical staff diagnosed Joaquin as suffering a grade-two tear in the right quadricep and he will be monitored closely.

It comes as a particularly bad blow for head coach Maunuel Pellegrini, who must prepare his squad for a double header against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey as well as La Liga games against Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.