AS Monaco FC midfielder Gerard López is likely to miss the rest of the season after he ruptured the achilles tendon in his left ankle.
The former FC Barcelona player was carried off on 65 minutes after falling to the floor in pain unchallenged following a short sprint. An initial diagnosis suggested the six-month lay-off and scans on Monday confirmed that surgery is needed. He will naturally miss the rest of Monaco's UEFA Cup group stage campaign.
The unfortunate 28-year-old, who signed for Monaco last summer, had just returned from a sprained right ankle. He is Monaco's second major injury victim in a week after defender Sébastien Squillaci pulled a hamstring during Wednesday's French League Cup tie against Dijon FCO.