Real Betis striker Ruben Castro has today undergone surgery on a hamstring injury and will face the next six weeks in recovery.
The 32-year-old was confirmed earlier this week as requiring a surgical procedure on a chronic injury in his thigh muscle, only diagnosed during treatment for continued issues with sciatica.
Betis’ club doctors have confirmed that today’s procedure was a success and that he is expected to now miss the next six weeks of action.
“If nothing strange happens, he will be fit to play in the derby,” medic Tomas Calero told reporters today, pointing towards November 24’s away trip to Sevilla.
“We know that we can be caught out if we give a specific date, because if he does not play then it would be a drama, but we send a message of hope that all will be well.
“It is very rare what happened to Ruben, but this type of injury has no risk of relapse.”
Castro’s struggles with his back ailment and various muscle-related injuries have restricted him to a limited preseason and only two appearances in all competitions so far this season.
It is believed that Betis have already committed to the idea of bringing in another striker in January to boost their options in attack.