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Dida 'out for two or three months'

Published: Thursday 23 November 2006, 20.45CET
AC Milan goalkeeper Dida faces an absence of up to three months after damaging the quadricep tendon in his left knee during the midweek tie at AEK Athens FC.

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Published: Thursday 23 November 2006, 20.45CET

Dida 'out for two or three months'

AC Milan goalkeeper Dida faces an absence of up to three months after damaging the quadricep tendon in his left knee during the midweek tie at AEK Athens FC.
AC Milan goalkeeper Dida faces an absence of up to three months after damaging the quadricep tendon in his left knee during Tuesday's UEFA Champions League defeat at AEK Athens FC.

Initial prognosis
The Brazilian limped off after 78 minutes of Milan's 1-0 loss in the Greek capital, when he was replaced by Australian international Zeljko Kalac, and the Rossoneri today issued a statement indicating an initial prognosis of "a two or three-month absence unless there are further complications". The 33-year-old, who has been ever-present for Milan this term, will undergo further tests in the next few days.

Group winners
Despite losing 1-0 to AEK, Milan were confirmed as Group H winners on Tuesday. They lead second-placed AEK by three points with a game to play and have a superior head-to-head record. If sidelined for as long as three months, Dida would face a race to be fit for Milan's first knockout round tie, the first leg of which will be played on 20 February next year.

Last updated: 23/11/06 22.53CET

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