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Villarreal's Nilmar to miss City double-header

Published: Tuesday 4 October 2011, 21.12CET
Villarreal CF will be without Nilmar for both UEFA Champions League Group A meetings with Manchester City FC after the Brazil forward underwent surgery on his right knee.
Villarreal's Nilmar to miss City double-header
Nilmar (right) will hope to be back for the return leg against Bayern ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Tuesday 4 October 2011, 21.12CET

Villarreal's Nilmar to miss City double-header

Villarreal CF will be without Nilmar for both UEFA Champions League Group A meetings with Manchester City FC after the Brazil forward underwent surgery on his right knee.

Villarreal CF will be without Nilmar for their back-to-back UEFA Champions League Group A encounters against Manchester City FC after the Brazilian international underwent surgery to treat a cyst in his right knee.

A regular starter in attack alongside Giuseppe Rossi, Nilmar – who has scored 23 goals in 68 Liga games for the Yellow Submarine since signing from SC Internacional in 2009 – faces a recovery time of seven weeks following a successful operation on the problematic meniscus.

The 27-year-old also faces a race against time to be fit for Villarreal's trip to FC Bayern München on 22 November. The news will come as a blow to coach Juan Carlos Garrido, whose side are bottom of Group A after defeats by Bayern and SSC Napoli and need to revive their campaign in Manchester on 18 October and against Roberto Mancini's team at El Madrigal on 2 November.

Last updated: 27/01/12 18.22CET

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