The club confirmed the injury on Saturday morning without specifying how long they expect the Spanish international to be on the sidelines.

However, several Spanish media outlets reported that Arbeloa would miss the next three weeks.

Should that be the case, the former Liverpool man will be ruled out of La Liga matches against Levante, Malaga and Sevilla, on top of Barcelona's visit to the Santiago Bernabeu, and the second leg of Real's last 16 Champions League tie against Schalke.