Van der Vaart sidelined

Dutchman ruled out

Van der Vaart: injured

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Real Madrid ace Rafael van der Vaart has been sidelined for up to three weeks.

The Dutch international tore a calf muscle during the weekend win over Real Mallorca.

Van der Vaart, who arrived at Real in 2008 from Hamburg, will now be out until February.

"He will probably be unavailable for 2-3 weeks," Real said.

Van der Vaart was out of favour with new coach Manuel Pelligrini until Kaka was injured in November, since when he has being used instead of the Brazilian star.

Fortunately for Real, Kaka made his first appearance for Real on Sunday since injuring his groin.