Malaga have lost winger Joaquin Sanchez for a month with a thigh injury.

Joaquin complained of pain this morning after playing in yesterday's Champions for Africa benefit match and, after undergoing tests, it was confirmed the former Spain international would be absent for at least the next month.

The 30-year-old, who joined big-spending Malaga from Valencia in the summer, is now set to miss the two Copa del Rey last-16 matches against Real Madrid, as well as the league games against Atletico Madrid, Sporting Gijon, Barcelona and Sevilla.