Real Madrid defender Pepe has undergone ankle surgery which is likely to keep him out until the upcoming Champions League clash with Manchester United.
The 29-year-old felt discomfort in his right ankle and travelled to Porto for a consultation on Wednesday morning which ended in doctors deciding on medical intervention.
The Portugal international is now set to undergo a short period of recuperation, though the reigning Liga champions expect him to return for the meeting with the Red Devils on February 13.
The first leg of Real’s last-16 tie will take place at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the return leg scheduled for March 5 at Old Trafford.
Pepe has played a crucial role for Los Blancos so far this term, making 16 league appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side.