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Barcelona lose Afellay to serious knee injury

Published: Friday 23 September 2011, 9.30CET
FC Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay looks likely to be out of action until 2012, having been sent for surgery after damaging a cruciate ligament in his left knee in training.
Barcelona lose Afellay to serious knee injury
Ibrahim Afellay will undergo surgery for a cruciate injury ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Friday 23 September 2011, 9.30CET

Barcelona lose Afellay to serious knee injury

FC Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay looks likely to be out of action until 2012, having been sent for surgery after damaging a cruciate ligament in his left knee in training.

UEFA Champions League holders FC Barcelona have announced they will be without midfielder Ibrahim Afellay for a long spell after the Dutch international tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in training.

The 25-year-old had recovered from a thigh tear suffered in pre-season friendly action but must now undergo surgery on his left knee, with the operation usually ruling a player out for six months.

The injury to the former PSV Eindhoven attacker represents a major setback to Blaugrana coach Josep Guardiola, who has recently lost Alexis Sánchez and Andrés Iniesta to hamstring tears. Afellay moved to Catalonia last January and has since made 17 Spanish Liga appearances.

Barcelona began the defence of their UEFA Champions League title with a 2-2 home draw against AC Milan and continue their Group H challenge away to FC BATE Borisov on Wednesday.

Last updated: 23/09/11 11.01CET

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