Injury-hit Valencia midfielder Vicente Rodriguez has been told he faces another month on the sidelines and will miss crucial UEFA Champions League games.
The 26-year-old has had scans on a thigh problem and doctors have confirmed a scar on his muscle will keep him out of his side's games with Schalke and Chelsea.
Vicente has only featured in one game since April due to ankle problems. But the midfielder was substituted in that game and now faces a month off.
Valencia club doctor confirmed that the scar was from a previous injury. "Vicente pulled his thigh muscle some time ago and we have found a 30-40mm scar," said Dr Pedro Guillen.
"Scars are always very painful and we're putting him under treatment so he won't be able to play again for a month."
Vicente has suffered from injuries throughout his career, an ankle problem kept him out of the World Cup in 2006. But Dr Guillen is confident the midfielder is over his ankle trouble.
"As for his ankles, they're in perfect shape," he said. There's no damage to the ligaments, just minor tendonitis."
The news of Vicente's latest injury comes just two days after his club confirmed they will be taking disciplinary action against the player.
The Spanish international came under fire for criticising the club's doctors after they suggested his injuries are more psychological than physical.