The King with his youngest grandchild, Infanta Sofía.

His Majesty, who granted an audience to the Portuguese Prime Minister on Wednesday, has been suffering from an Achilles tendinitis since the holidays in Mallorca at the beginning of August. The doctors believe that don Juan Carlos suffers from a ruptured tendon.

The operation will take place one of these days, probably this weekend, before the political year starts in earnest.  The King will be out of the hospital and back at the Palace of La Zarzuela the same day. Doctor Villamor, who was also responsible of the knee operation, will operate King Juan Carlos’s left foot in the San José Hospital, Madrid.