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APOEL suffer double injury blow

APOEL FC will be without Ivan Tričkovski and Marcelo Oliveira for their quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid CF, with the latter expected to be sidelined for six months.

Ivan Tričkovski (right) in action against Lyon in the round of 16
Ivan Tričkovski (right) in action against Lyon in the round of 16 ©Getty Images

APOEL FC's task against Real Madrid CF has become harder still with the news they will be without defender Marcelo Oliveira and striker Ivan Tričkovski for their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg.

Beaten 3-0 in the opening instalment against the Liga leaders on Tuesday, APOEL will go to the Santiago Bernabéu next Wednesday with a mountain to climb. Oliveira started the first leg in Nicosia – his eighth appearance in the competition proper this season – but was forced off after just 13 minutes. Further examination revealed ruptured knee ligaments and he will require surgery, forcing him out of action for four to six months.

Tričkovski lasted the 90 minutes against José Mourinho's team. He broke his hand during the match, however, and following an operation today he will be unavailable for at least a month.