The official website for European football

Forlán leaves Villarreal forlorn

Published: Friday 4 November 2005, 19.00CET
Villarreal CF striker Diego Forlán faces a race against time to be fit for the Matchday 5 trip to his former club Manchester United FC.

UEFA.com features

What teams need to get through
  • What teams need to get through
  • Watch the five best acrobatic Champions League goals
  • Ones to watch in the group stage
  • Masterclass: Xavi on passing and control
  • Newcomers ready for Champions League debuts
  • Cerci aims to join Italy's past leading lights in Spain
  • Talents out to shine in UEFA Champions League
  • Bulgarian keepers' best European displays
  • See your favourite Steaua moments
  • The rapid rise of Rúben Neves
1 of 10
 
 
Published: Friday 4 November 2005, 19.00CET

Forlán leaves Villarreal forlorn

Villarreal CF striker Diego Forlán faces a race against time to be fit for the Matchday 5 trip to his former club Manchester United FC.
Villarreal CF striker Diego Forlán faces a race against time to be fit for the Matchday 5 trip to his former club Manchester United FC.

Thigh tear
The 26-year-old was hurt in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League Group D tie against SL Benfica, limping off in the 52nd minute. Scans confirmed the player has a small tear to a muscle in his left thigh and he is expected to be sidelined for up to three weeks.

Slim hope
The injury rules Forlán out of Uruguay's forthcoming 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off against Australia. The first match falls on 12 November in Montevideo before the second leg in Sydney four days later. Forlán has travelled to his homeland for treatment, but has only a slim hope of playing at Old Trafford on 22 November.

Last updated: 05/11/05 17.08CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=363880.html#forlan+leaves+villarreal+forlorn

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE words, the UEFA Champions League logo and trophy and the UEFA Champions League Final logos are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.