Football hurts: Ivan Cuellar vs Carlos Gurpegi

Sporting Gijon goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar (pictured) is expected to miss the next four months of the season after coming off worse in a collision with Athletic Bilbao’s Carlos Gurpegi.

The 24-year-old custodian has had to have a plate and screws installed into his right ankle after the two players collided in Bilbao’s 3-0 win on Sunday.

Gurpegi looked to have come off worse, with a bloody nose that has since been diagnosed as a fracture. Cuellar meanwhile broke his ankle and according to a club doctor: “He has suffered a fracture, type B, of the right ankle.”

Cuellar had made 11 appearances this season and is considered one of the young and up and coming keepers in Spain.

See how the incident unfolded here.