Midfielder James Rodriguez's surgery on a broken bone in his right foot was a success, his Real Madrid club said on Thursday.

The operation was on the fifth metatarsal in the right foot, Madrid added on its website.

The European champion did not say how long it expected him to be sidelined. Reports say he could be out for at least two months.

Rodriguez was hurt after scoring the opening goal in the 2-1 win over Sevilla in the Spanish league on Wednesday. He was substituted in the first half after doctors examined his foot on the sideline.

The 23-year-old Rodriguez quickly became a first-choice selection for coach Carlo Ancelotti after his arrival following his outstanding World Cup with Colombia, when he was the top scorer with six goals and helped the team reach the quarterfinals.

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He has played in 33 of Madrid's 36 games this season, scoring 12 goals and assisting on 10 more.

Madrid leads the Spanish league, and visits defending champion Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Madrid has also reached the knockout rounds of the Champions League as it seeks to defend its European title. It begins its round-of-16 tie at Schalke on Feb. 18.

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