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Benfica to miss Mantorras

Published: Monday 16 December 2002, 19.00CET
Knee surgery will deprive SL Benfica of Angolan international striker Pedro Mantorras for six weeks.

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Published: Monday 16 December 2002, 19.00CET

Benfica to miss Mantorras

Knee surgery will deprive SL Benfica of Angolan international striker Pedro Mantorras for six weeks.
Portuguese title-chasers SL Benfica will be without striker Pedro Mantorras for six weeks after the Angolan international underwent knee surgery today.

Season of struggle
Club doctors are confident that the operation, on the cartilage in Mantorras's right knee, will cure a longstanding problem which has hindered the 20-year-old's progress this season.

February return
Mantorras is expected to make a full recovery but could be out of action until February. The 2001 African young player of the year has scored three times in eight appearances for the Eagles this term. Benfica are in second place in the Super Liga, four points behind FC Porto.

Last updated: 17/12/02 1.06CET

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