Having already been ruled out of Spain’s international against Uruguay on Wednesday, Xavi Hernandez received further bad news on Monday evening.
The Barcelona star has torn his hamstring, and will be out of action for roughly two weeks.
He now faces a race to be fit in time to play AC Milan in the first leg of Barca’s Champions League last-16 tie against the Rossoneri.
Xavi hobbled off the field late during Barca’s gritty 1-1 draw with Valencia last weekend.
It did not seem as if the 33-year-old schemer’s injury was too severe, and Barca had hoped to call on his inspirational services soon after this week’s international break.
However, the Catalan club’s medical team has subsequently revealed that Xavi’s ageing body has taken more of a toll than initially expected.
And so it remains unclear as to whether or not he will recover, or regain match fitness, in time to face Milan.
"After tests revealed a tear in his left hamstring, Xavi Hernandez will be out for the next 15 days and will miss Barca's next two games against Getafe and Granada," a Barca statement said.
"If his recovery goes as planned, he will be back for the Champions League game against Milan, set for the 20th of this month."