Valencia midfielder Baraja out for 10 weeks

August 21, 2006

MADRID, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Valencia's Spanish international midfielder Ruben Baraja will be out of action for around two and a half months after tearing a muscle in his right leg on Monday.

The Primera Liga side said that the 31-year-old had felt a sharp pain in the rear part of his leg during training and that subsequent tests revealed that he had torn the muscle.

Valencia will attempt to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit against Austrian side Salzburg in the Champions League third qualifying round on Tuesday.

They will also be without new signing Asier del Horno, who is recovering from a similar injury to that sustained by Baraja, and centre-back Roberto Ayala who is embroiled in a contract dispute with the club.