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Placente out for up to six weeks! Knee injury forces Figueroa out of finals!

Celta Vigo's Argentine international defender Diego Placente is expected to be out of action for between four and six weeks after undergoing surgery on a knee cartilage injury on Friday.
The 29-year-old left-back, who is a regular in Jose Pekerman's national side, sustained the injury in his side's 2-0 victory against Cadiz last weekend.

The former Bayer Leverkusen player said he had decided to undergo immediate surgery to ensure he would recover in time to play in the FIFA World Cup™.

"I opted for surgery to end any concerns and I should be back in action in around a month for both my club and the international side," he told the Celta website before the operation.

Argentina striker Luciano Figueroa has been ruled out of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ after suffering a serious knee injury.
Figueroa, who was on the fringes of the Argentina squad, limped off during River Plate's 3-1 win over Estudiantes on Sunday in the Clausura championship.

Team doctor Luis Seveso told reporters the former Birmingham City and Villarreal player had suffered a cruciate ligament injury in his left knee and would be operated on next week.

"He will be out of action for six to eight months," Seveso said. Figueroa has not played for Argentina since last year's FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany when he scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Australia.

"This is a difficult moment and I know I will get over this," Figueroa told reporters. "I've got to face the situation and look ahead."

The injury is a blow for River who lead the Argentine Clausura championship and are involved in the South American Libertadores Cup.

Argentina are in Group C with Côte d'Ivoire, Serbia and Montenegro and the Netherlands. The FIFA World Cup starts on 9 June.
 

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^ What was that about? :D

At the risk of appearing cynical, me thinks it may have been a blessing where those two are concerned anyway :tongue:
 
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