Espanyol have been dealt a blow with the news that striker Sergio Garcia has been told he will be sidelined for at least six weeks.
The 29-year-old broke a bone in his foot during the 2-0 win over French champions Montpellier in the Ciutat de Barcelona Trophy on Saturday night and will have exploratory tests on Sunday morning.
Garcia is due to visit renowned doctor Ramon Cugat in the Catalan capital on Monday when it will be decided if it will be beneficial for him to receive preventative treatment, in which case he will be out for between six and 10 weeks.
However, if the player needs to have surgery then he could be sidelined for upwards of three months and boss Mauricio Pochettino may well be forced bring in another forward before the start of the season.
A move for Lokomotiv Moscow’s Felipe Caicedo appears to have stalled, at least for the moment, while there could be renewed interest in Birmingham City striker Nikola Zigic.