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Sokota blow seals Porto misery

Published: Wednesday 14 September 2005, 19.32CET
FC Porto are counting the cost of their Group H defeat by Rangers FC, with Tomislav Šokota, Pedro Emanuel and Pepe all being sidelined by injury.

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Published: Wednesday 14 September 2005, 19.32CET

Sokota blow seals Porto misery

FC Porto are counting the cost of their Group H defeat by Rangers FC, with Tomislav Šokota, Pedro Emanuel and Pepe all being sidelined by injury.
Following their UEFA Champions League defeat by Rangers FC, FC Porto have been dealt another blow with the news that striker Tomislav Šokota has been ruled out of action for four months due to injury.

Šokota surgery
The 28-year-old Croatian international tore ligaments in his right knee during Tuesday's 3-2 reverse in Scotland, an injury confirmed by the Porto medical team on Wednesday. He will undergo surgery later in the week.

Triple blow
As well as Šokota's loss, Porto will be without defenders Pedro Emanuel and Pepe who were also injured at Ibrox. Captain Emanuel, who was substituted four minutes before half-time after a clash of heads with Dado Pršo, broke two bones in his nose and has already been operated on.

Emanuel hope
The 30-year-old will miss Sunday's Portuguese Liga trip to SC Braga but could be back for the Champions League home game against FC Artmedia Bratislava on 28 September. Meanwhile, the 22-year-old Pepe, who scored both Porto goals at Rangers, suffered a thigh strain which will sideline him for two weeks.

Last updated: 14/09/05 22.47CET

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