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Zoro's Benfica bow delayed

New SL Benfica signing Marco Zoro could miss both legs of the third qualifying round after suffering a thigh injury though striker Óscar Cardozo could be available.

New SL Benfica signing Marco Zoro could miss both legs of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie against FC København or Beitar Jerusalem FC after suffering a thigh injury, but striker Óscar Cardozo is confident of recovering in time from a similar complaint.

Mixed news
Ivory Coast defender Zoro, a summer arrival from FC Messina Peloro, was injured during Friday's friendly match against Real Betis Balompié and the 23-year-old will be sidelined for three to four weeks – with the third qualifying round scheduled for 14/15 and 28/29 August. However, Paraguayan international Cardozo, who missed both the Betis game and yesterday's 1-0 defeat of Sporting Clube de Portugal, expects to be fit for the first leg against København or Beitar. "I am recovering well and think I will be back in the next eight to 15 days," said the 24-year-old recruit from CA Newell's Old Boys.