Gareth Bale could be out for up to three weeks after injuring his calf muscle in the 5-1 win against Sporting Gijón at the weekend.
The £86m Welshman will have a scan on Tuesday but is likely to miss the games against Real Betis, Espanyol and Granada, according to AS.
The club hopes he will be fit for the league match with Athletic Bilbao on 13 February or against Roma in the Champions League on 17 February.
It is the sixth injury to the calf muscle in what has become a recurring problem for the forward. Bale, who opened the scoring against Gijón, was replaced by Jesé, who now has an opportunity to impress Zinedine Zidane.
The new manager has already been given a vote of confidence by Cristiano Ronaldo who said the results of “a week of hard work” are visible on the pitch, with the squad “in good spirits with Zidane”.
Ronaldo, who scored twice against Gijón,also said Zidane had “a different concept” of football and “sees the game differently” to the previous coach, Rafael Benítez.
as such,With half of the season still to go, Ronaldo said the team was hoping to reach the end of the Spanish and Champions Leagues feeling as positive, adding: “We are happy about how things are going.”