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Valerón facing two-month absence

Published: Sunday 22 September 2002, 23.15CET
RC Deportivo La Coruña will be without Juan Valerón for around two months.

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Published: Sunday 22 September 2002, 23.15CET

Valerón facing two-month absence

RC Deportivo La Coruña will be without Juan Valerón for around two months.

RC Deportivo La Coruña will be without influential midfield player Juan Valerón for around two months because of a fractured fibula, the Spanish club announced today.

Heavy tackle
Valerón suffered the injury to his left leg during Deportivo's 2-0 win over Real Valladolid in the Primera División on Saturday after setting up both goals. The Spanish international had to be substituted in the 51st minute of the match following a heavy tackle from behind by defender Juan Manuel Peña.

Champions League blow
The news will come as a major blow to Deportivo's UEFA Champions League hopes. Valerón, who was outstanding in Deportivo's 3-2 victory over FC Bayern München last week, is almost certain to miss his side's five remaining Group G games in the first group stage.

'Recovery time'
A statement on Deportivo's official website read: "After carrying out tests on Juan Valerón, the medical services of the club have diagnosed a break with no displacement on his shin. The approximate recovery time for an injury like this is two months."

Last updated: 23/09/02 16.48CET

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