Villarreal’s Capdevila out with ankle sprain

Villarreal defender Joan Capdevila will be out for two to three

weeks after injuring his ankle, the Spanish league club said on

Monday.

The Spain left back suffered a sprained left ankle during

Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Valencia.

Capdevila has been a regular for Spain since its 2008 European

Championship triumph in Austria and Switzerland. He started all of

the World Cup champion’s games during the tournament in South

Africa this past summer.

Capdevila has played all 12 of third-place Villarreal’s league

games this season, scoring once.

The 32-year-old is expected to miss league matches against

Zaragoza and Sevilla and a Europa League game against Dynamo

Zagreb.