Nihat faces spell out

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Real Sociedad striker Nihat Kahveci faces a spell on the sidelines through injury.

The Turkish international picked up a knee problem during last weekend's win over Real Mallorca.

Real Sociedad feared that the injury may be serious, but tests have allayed their fears.

The diminutive forward is expected to be out of action for up to three weeks with the problem.

Nihat's future at Sociedad is still the subject of intense speculation with Villarreal thought to be lining up a move for him in the summer.

The 26-year-old was remaining coy on the speculation saying: "Still nothing is assured."