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Mendoza and Zane forced out

Published: Thursday 4 December 2003, 12.50CET
Club Brugge KV and RSC Anderlecht will be without key strikers for their Matchday 6 games next week.

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Published: Thursday 4 December 2003, 12.50CET

Mendoza and Zane forced out

Club Brugge KV and RSC Anderlecht will be without key strikers for their Matchday 6 games next week.
Belgian rivals Club Brugge KV and RSC Anderlecht have resigned themselves to being without key strikers for their final UEFA Champions League group games.

Mendoza misery
Club Brugge's Andrés Mendoza has been suffering from a stomach muscle injury but had hoped to return for the decisive group match against AFC Ajax next Tuesday. The 25-year-old Peruvian international has been ruled out until after the winter break. "It is hard for me to miss top matches, but I have no choice," said Mendoza. "I have too much pain."

Zane downbeat
Anderlecht, meanwhile, had been working on the fitness of Clayton Zane with a view to the Australian being available for the trip to FC Bayern München next Wednesday. The 26-year-old has missed all of his side's Champions League games to date with a knee injury but had just made his first-team comeback. However, after a setback, he now faces an anxious wait to see if more knee surgery is required.

Last updated: 04/12/03 15.00CET

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