SL Benfica forward Geovanni is set to sit out the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Liverpool FC after tearing a thigh muscle.
Race against time
The 26-year-old Brazilian injured his right thigh while scoring Benfica's first goal in the 4-0 home win against FC Penafiel last Sunday, and he could also be unavailable when his team travel to Liverpool for the return leg on 8 March.
Geovanni, who has suffered similar injuries since moving to Benfica in the 2002/03 season from FC Barcelona, made five appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage, with his only goal coming in the decisive 2-1 home win against Manchester United FC on Matchday 6.
Geovanni's injury could scarcely have come at a worse time for Benfica, who trail leaders FC Porto by five points in the Portuguese Liga. He will sit out Saturday's away game against Vitória SC, with a potentially crucial home match to follow against Porto on 26 February.