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Nekounam sidelined at Osasuna

Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 15.57CET
CA Osasuna's Iranian midfielder Javad Nekounam has torn the cruciate ligament in his right knee and will be sidelined for most of the 2007/08 season.

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Published: Thursday 16 August 2007, 15.57CET

Nekounam sidelined at Osasuna

CA Osasuna's Iranian midfielder Javad Nekounam has torn the cruciate ligament in his right knee and will be sidelined for most of the 2007/08 season.

CA Osasuna midfielder Javad Nekounam has torn the cruciate ligament in his right knee and will be sidelined for most of the 2007/08 season.

'Severe injury'
The 26-year-old Iranian international suffered the injury in a pre-season friendly against Villarreal CF on Tuesday, having only been on the pitch five minutes as a second-half substitute. Osasuna club doctor Patxi Ciprián said: "The first scan wasn't conclusive but tests today have confirmed a severe injury. We will get a second opinion but the initial recovery period has been set for six months." Nekounam joined Osasuna last season from Al Sharjah and scored twice in 24 Spanish league appearances.

Last updated: 16/08/07 16.32CET

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