Spain's Arbeloa the latest potential World Cup crock
Real Madrid right back Alvaro Arbeloa is the latest high-profile player to have his World Cup dreams be brought into question after he suffered an injury in the Spanish side's latest round of domestic fixtures.
Former Liverpool defender Arbeloa, 31, has won the last two European Championships with Spain as well as their historic World Cup triumph in South Africa in 2010 and is seen as an integral part of coach Vicente del Bosque's plans for this year's tournament in Brazil.
After sustaining the injury to his right knee, Arbeloa told goal.com: "In the end, it is more serious than I thought. It will be a minimum of eight weeks."
With the World Cup starting on June 12, the race is on for injured stars to regain the match fitness needed for a tournament which will be played in gruelling conditions.
Arbeloa will mis Real's games against Schalke in the Champions League, as well as their likely quarter final opponents, and El Clasico versus Barcelona at the end of this month.