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Jô blow for CSKA title hopes

"It's so annoying," said the PFC CSKA Moskva coach Valeri Gazzaev after learning his 19-year-old leading scorer Jô would miss the rest of the Russian season.

The PFC CSKA Moskva striker Jô will miss the conclusion of the Russian Premier-Liga season and potentially the remaining four rounds of the UEFA Champions League group stage due to the recurrence of a knee injury.

Leading scorer
The 19-year-old Brazilian damaged cartilage in his left knee in the summer and returned a month later after surgery to feature in the UEFA Champions League defeat of Hamburger SV and the 2-2 draw against FC Saturn Moskovskaya Oblast. Jô leads the Premier-Liga scoring charts with 14 goals, but a likely absence of six weeks will sideline him for CSKA's last eight matches as they look to overturn FC Lokomotiv Moskva's one-point lead.

"It's so annoying to lose Jô on the eve of such important games in Russia and in Europe," said coach Valeri Gazzaev, whose side lie second in Group G on four points ahead of Tuesday's Matchday 3 visit of the leaders Arsenal FC.