Real Madrid's Altintop sustains calf injury

Real Madrid's Hamit Altintop has sustained a muscle tear in his left calf and will likely be sidelined for a few weeks, the La Liga club announced Thursday.

Although Real Madrid gave no exact timetable for his absence, it's likely the versatile Turkish international will be out several weeks. Altintop has played in midfield and defense for Real, scoring once in seven appearances.

Real is comfortably atop La Liga on 55 points from 21 games, and hosts Levante on Sunday.