Vicente out for four weeks after second opinion

September 7, 2007

MADRID, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Valencia winger Vicente will be out of action for about a month after getting a second opinion on a thigh injury.

The Spain international said he had lost confidence in the Primera Liga club's medical staff after his complaints about an injury were said to be psychological.

Vicente travelled to Madrid on Thursday with Valencia's head of medical services Antonio Giner to visit specialist Pedro Guillen.

'Some time ago he had a tear in the thigh muscle and the scar is the cause of the pain. He will need treatment that will surely go well, although he won't be able to play for about four weeks,' Guillen was quoted as saying in the Spanish media on Friday.

'His ankles are fine. There is only a slight swelling.'

Valencia, who plan to start disciplinary proceedings against Vicente for his criticism of the club's medical staff, said the player would return to follow a specific training plan.

They added in a statement on their website: 'The medical services want to make clear they have never said over this or previous injuries suffered by Vicente, that they were psychological in origin.'

Vicente will miss Valencia's opening Champions League Group B matches against Schalke 04 and Chelsea.