Real Sociedad midfielder Chori Castro misses out on a return to face his old club Real Mallorca at the Iberostar Stadium on Saturday.
The Uruguayan international [pictured, right] suffered a knee injury in training on Tuesday and will not recover in time for the game against Los Bermellones, whom he left during the summer after five years with the Islanders.
Goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai is also a definite non-starter and boss Philippe Montanier is sweating on the fitness of Gorka Elustondo.
However, the Frenchman received some cheer with the news that Antoine Griezmann, who signed a contract extension with the Txuri-urdin this week, and Asier Illarramendi have both returned to training after slight knocks.
The Basques kick-started their season last week with a 2-1 home win over newly-promoted Celta Vigo after the opening day 5-1 reverse at Barcelona, while Joaquin Caparros’ Mallorca have taken four points from the possible six on offer so far.