Valencia CF striker Fernando Morientes is expected to sit out both legs of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea FC after dislocating his shoulder while playing for Spain on Wednesday night.
According to Spain's medical staff, Morientes faces up to four weeks on the sidelines after falling awkwardly just before half-time during the 1-0 UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying win against Iceland. The centre-forward, who turns 31 the day after the first leg at Stamford Bridge on 4 April, is also doubtful for the return six days later.
"Morientes's shoulder was dislocated and he will need to have it immobilised for 15 days so he will be missing for three to four weeks," said Spain team doctor Genaro Borrás. "It's not the first time Morientes has had problems with his shoulder so the area is unstable and he will need that time to recover." The news will come as a major blow to Valencia, for whom the experienced target man has scored 12 league goals and found the net five times in seven UEFA Champions League appearances this term.
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