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Lyon lose Elber to ankle injury

Published: Monday 23 August 2004, 17.29CET
Olympique Lyonnais striker Giovane Elber is expected to be out for at least four months after breaking his leg.

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Published: Monday 23 August 2004, 17.29CET

Lyon lose Elber to ankle injury

Olympique Lyonnais striker Giovane Elber is expected to be out for at least four months after breaking his leg.
Olympique Lyonnais striker Giovane Elber is expected to be sidelined for four months after breaking the fibula in his right leg and dislocating his ankle during Sunday night's 1-1 Ligue 1 draw at FC Metz.

Awkward landing
The 32-year-old Brazilian sustained the injury when he landed awkwardly on his ankle following an attempted volley. He was taken to hospital in Metz before being airlifted to Lyon so club doctor Bernard Moyen could identify the extent of the damage. Elber will have surgery on Tuesday.

Torn ligament
"Giovane underwent an MRI scan today in order to assess the extent of the injury," said Lyon's chief medical officer Jean-Jacques Amprino. "No damage has been found in the cartilage; the lateral ligament of the right ankle is torn, and the fibula bone broken. Giovane will need six to eight weeks' rehabilitation before starting to train again. At the moment we are looking at a January comeback."

Possible signing
Elber scored 13 goals in all competitions last term after arriving from FC Bayern München, and had struck twice in three games this season. Hatem Ben Arfa, 17, replaced Elber yesterday and created Florent Balmont's equaliser, but Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas said: "We will think about buying a new striker."

Thursday draw
Aulas compared the situation to that at AS Monaco FC last season. The southern club lost Shabani Nonda to injury and replaced him with Real Madrid CF's Fernando Morientes, who went on to become the leading scorer in the UEFA Champions League as Monaco reached the final. Lyon will learn the identity of their Champions League group stage opponents on Thursday.

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