Valencia's Edu facing long spell on sidelines

November 19, 2006

MADRID, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Valencia's Brazilian midfielder Edu will miss most of the rest of the season after damaging knee ligaments, the Primera Liga club said on Sunday.

'The player has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He will undergo surgery in the next few days and we expect him to be out for between six and seven months,' Valencia said on their website on Sunday.

The 28-year-old international suffered the injury during the 3-0 defeat away to Sevilla in the Primera Liga on Saturday.

He left the pitch in tears on a stretcher after falling awkwardly in the final minutes of the game.

He will miss Valencia's remaining Champions League matches in Group D against Olympiakos and AS Roma.

The former Arsenal player was out for seven months last season after tearing the cruciate ligament in his left knee during training.

Valencia striker David Villa also had to leave the pitch on Saturday with an ankle injury but is expected to be fit for Wednesday's match against Olympiakos.

Quique Sanchez Flores's side have been ravaged by injury this season and are already missing Carlos Marchena, David Albelda, Jaime Gavilan, Asier del Horno and Emiliano Moretti with long-term injuries.