Villarreal's Nilmar to miss City double-header

Villarreal CF will be without Nilmar for both UEFA Champions League Group A meetings with Manchester City FC after the Brazil forward underwent surgery on his right knee.

Nilmar (right) will hope to be back for the return leg against Bayern
Nilmar (right) will hope to be back for the return leg against Bayern ©Getty Images

Villarreal CF will be without Nilmar for their back-to-back UEFA Champions League Group A encounters against Manchester City FC after the Brazilian international underwent surgery to treat a cyst in his right knee.

A regular starter in attack alongside Giuseppe Rossi, Nilmar – who has scored 23 goals in 68 Liga games for the Yellow Submarine since signing from SC Internacional in 2009 – faces a recovery time of seven weeks following a successful operation on the problematic meniscus.

The 27-year-old also faces a race against time to be fit for Villarreal's trip to FC Bayern München on 22 November. The news will come as a blow to coach Juan Carlos Garrido, whose side are bottom of Group A after defeats by Bayern and SSC Napoli and need to revive their campaign in Manchester on 18 October and against Roberto Mancini's team at El Madrigal on 2 November.

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