The Liverpool full-back has been struggling with a hamstring injury and means Jamie Carragher will most likely move to right back to cover for the Spaniard, with Phillip Degen again injured.
Balague writes on his blog;
The hamstring problem that he has been struggling with for a while now, let him down again at the Bernabeu. It looks like there may be a small tear in the muscle and he will spend the next three weeks in plaster. He may return to training in time for the trip to Old Trafford on March 14, but is clearly a doubt for that fixture.
Youngster Stephen Darby will be hoping it could provide an opportunity for him to make his full league debut but that didn’t happen over Christmas when Arbeloa was out, with Rafa Benitez instead preferring Carragher at right back. That means Dani Agger or Sami Hyypia will come in alongside Martin Skrtel.
News regarding Fernando Torres’ injury is expected later today, with the striker likely to be ruled out of the next two league matches and hopeful of a return at Old Trafford.