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Shakhtar's Fernandinho laid off with broken leg

FC Shakhtar Donetsk expect to be without midfielder Fernandinho for the remainder of the season after the 25-year-old broke his leg in Friday's 1-0 league defeat against FC Obolon Kyiv.

Fernandinho is not expected to play again this season
Fernandinho is not expected to play again this season ©Getty Images

FC Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho is expected to be out of action for the remainder of the season after breaking his leg in Friday's 1-0 loss against FC Dynamo Kyiv.

The 25-year-old Brazilian was taken off midway through the first half in the Ukrainian Premier League fixture, with coach Mircea Lucescu saying afterwards: "Unfortunately Fernandinho is out for the whole season." A statement on the club's official website confirmed that grim prognosis, with Fernandinho booked in for ten weeks of treatment followed by a "difficult rehabilitation".

Fernandinho has scored 24 goals in 130 league games for Shakhtar since joining the club in 2005. The Ukrainian titleholders begin their UEFA Champions League Group H campaign at home against FK Partizan on Wednesday.