Knee complaint sidelines Sevilla's Pareja

Nicolas Pareja will be absent from Sevilla FC's upcoming UEFA Europa League meeting with Estoril Praia after the central defender suffered a strained right knee ligament.

Sevilla's Nicolas Pareja in action against Espanyol
Sevilla's Nicolas Pareja in action against Espanyol ©Getty Images

Sevilla FC defender Nicolas Pareja will miss the UEFA Europa League home game against Estoril Praia on 28 November after sustaining a knee ligament strain.

The 29-year-old Argentinian international – on loan at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán from FC Spartak Moskva – injured his right knee during Sevilla's 3-1 Liga victory at RCD Espanyol on Sunday. Subsequent tests on the centre-back revealed he will be out of action for a month. 

With matches against Estoril and SC Freiburg, on 12 December, to come in UEFA Europa League Group H, Unai Emery's section leaders appear on course for a place in the round of 32.