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Roberto Soldado Out Six Months With Knee Injury

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Roberto Soldado Out Six Months With UCL Knee Tear

Villarreal, Spain – Villarreal striker Roberto Soldado has been ruled out for up to six months after injuring his cruciate ligament a week before the start of the new season, the club has announced. The striker will undergo surgery in the next few days.

The 31-year-old, who joined Villarreal in 2015 after a disappointing spell at Tottenham, suffered the injury during Tuesday evening’s Trofeo Herrera meeting with Deportivo La Coruna at Riazor and leaves summer signing Alexandre Pato as the only fit central attacker at the club.

A Villarreal club statement on Wednesday morning read: “Tests carried out this morning on the player Roberto Soldado have confirmed that the Villarreal forward has suffered a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament and external meniscus on his right knee.

“The player will undergo a surgical intervention in the coming days. Soldado was injured in yesterday’s friendly against Deportivo de la Coruna at Riazor, a few minutes after taking to the pitch following the half-time break, and had to be replaced by his teammate Mario Gonzalez. Be strong, Rober!”

The Yellow Submarine will face Monaco at El Madrigal on Wednesday Aug. 17 and play the away leg match on Tuesday Aug. 23 with one central attacker, Pato. The unexpected injury to Soldado may pull the trigger and desperation at Villarreal to seek another veteran striker.