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Quim adds to Benfica woe

Published: Monday 24 October 2005, 17.10CET
SL Benfica are likely to ask for special dispensation to sign a new goalkeeper after Quim joined fellow Portuguese international José Moreira on the sidelines.
Published: Monday 24 October 2005, 17.10CET

Quim adds to Benfica woe

SL Benfica are likely to ask for special dispensation to sign a new goalkeeper after Quim joined fellow Portuguese international José Moreira on the sidelines.

SL Benfica are likely to ask the Liga de Clubes and UEFA for special dispensation to sign and register a new goalkeeper after Quim joined fellow Portuguese international José Moreira on the sidelines.

Hernia operation
The 29-year-old Quim will travel to Germany for a hernia operation after being hurt during Saturday's 2-0 victory against CF Estrela da Amadora. The goalkeeper had to be taken off in the 39th minute, with Rui Nereu, 19, coming on to make his Liga debut for the Portuguese champions.

Foreign signing?
With No1 José Moreira ruled out for up to six months following knee surgery, and Quim missing for at least two Liga matches and the UEFA Champions League visit of Villarreal CF, reports in Portugal suggest Benfica will ask for permission to recruit a new custodian. If granted, coach Ronald Koeman is likely to sign a foreign goalkeeper.

Rules
UEFA Champions League rules say of the subject: "If a club cannot count on the services of at least two goalkeepers registered on List A because of long-term injury or illness, the club concerned may temporarily replace the goalkeeper concerned and register a new goalkeeper at any time during the season. The club must provide UEFA with the necessary medical evidence."

Last updated: 24/10/05 16.04CET

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