Real Madrid have confirmed that Gareth Bale will undergo surgery on his injured ankle next week, with the winger set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The Wales international sustained the problem in Madrid's 2-1 Champions League win at Sporting CP on Tuesday, limping off shortly before the hour in Lisbon.
Madrid revealed on Wednesday that Bale had suffered "a traumatic dislocation of the peroneal tendons in his right ankle", and would be monitored.
And there was a further blow on Thursday as the European champions announced the problem would require surgery.
"Medical Services Sanitas Real Madrid have decided [on] surgery of our player Gareth Bale as a result of traumatic injury to the peroneal tendons in his right ankle," a statement read.
"This intervention will take place at the King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday 29 November by Dr. James Calder, under the supervision of club doctors Jesus Olmo and Mikel Aramberri."