Real Madrid news

Pepe to miss month after ankle surgery

January 2, 2013
By ESPN.com news services

Real Madrid defender Pepe will miss one month after having arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle Wednesday, the club announced.

The 29-year-old is already serving a suspension for Real Sociedad's visit to the Bernabeu on Sunday, and just returned from his winter break in Portugal.

"Pepe, after feeling discomfort in his right ankle and having a medical examination, had a consultation with Dr Van Dijk in Porto," said the statement on realmadrid.com read. "An ankle arthroscopy has been performed on the player."

The Portugal international has been a near ever-present at the back for Real this season as Jose Mourinho's men strive to close a 16-point gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona.

The defender now faces a struggle to return to action for the capital club's Champions League last-16 meeting with Manchester United on Feb. 13.