Injured Real defender Albiol to miss start of season

Updated: Aug 18, 2010, 23:18 PM IST

Madrid: Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol has damaged ankle ligaments and will be sidelined for four to five weeks, the club said on its website on Wednesday.

The Spain international had a scan on his right ankle after picking up the injury in Real`s 1-1 friendly draw against Standard Liege in Belgium on Tuesday.

Albiol`s absence narrows new manager Jose Mourinho`s options in the centre of defence for the start of the La Liga campaign away to Real Mallorca on Aug. 28/29.

Ezequiel Garay and Pepe are also injured which leaves new arrival Ricardo Carvalho and right back Sergio Ramos as a likely stand-in pairing at centre back.

Real`s next pre-season outing is at promoted Hercules on Sunday.

Bureau Report