Real Madrid midfielder, Marco Asensio, could be out for as long as nine months after he suffered cruciate ligament damage in his left knee during the pre-season clash with Arsenal, the Spanish club fears.
Asensio had scored to help Madrid complete a stunning come from 2 – 0 down before falling awkwardly under no pressure in the 64th-minute.
He is due to undergo more tests this week to discover the full extent of his injury but Madrid are fearing the worst.
The 23-year-old was looking to bounce back this season after a thoroughly disappointing campaign last term and this injury has come at the worst possible time.
Ceballos is currently in England to formalise a season-long loan move to Arsenal, against whom Asensio was injured, but may need the talented midfielder to fill the void left by Asensio.
After a few stunning breakout years for Madrid, Asensio became something of a forgotten man at Madrid last season and made just 19 league starts for Los Blancos.
He only scored one league goal in 30 league appearances in total but was backed for another big season by Zinedine Zidane, who returned to the club at the end of last term.