Senna sidelined for three weeks
© AFP

Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna will be out of action for up to three weeks after suffering a recurrence of a muscle injury during Spain's 3-0 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ win over Estonia on Wednesday, the club said Friday.

The Brazilian-born Spanish international left the pitch during Villarreal's 1-1 draw with Osasuna in their opening match of the season on 30 August because of the injury in his left leg.

This is the worst news which we could get. It's a problem because during the next 22 days we are going to have seven matches and we need all out players to be at 100 per cent fitness.
Villarreal boss Ernesto Valverde

The 33-year-old was left out of Spain's 5-0 win over Belgium in a South Africa 2010 qualifier on 5 September, but played the entire 90 minutes of the match against Estonia.

"This is the worst news which we could get. It's a problem because during the next 22 days we are going to have seven matches and we need all out players to be at 100 per cent fitness," said Villarreal coach Ernesto Valverde.

Villarreal host Real Mallorca on Sunday.