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Barca dealt Afellay blow

Dutch ace out for six months

By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo.   Last Updated: 22/09/11 10:20pm

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Afellay: Out for six months with cruciate knee injury

Afellay: Out for six months with cruciate knee injury

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Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury.

Afellay sustained the knee injury in training on Thursday after only recently returning to action after suffering a hamstring problem in pre-season.

Scans have confirmed Afellay has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and he faces up to six months out of action.

It means Afellay will miss the majority of Barcelona's campaign as well as the remainder of Holland's Euro 2012 qualifiers.

The news is a major blow for Afellay as he looked to push for a regular place in Pep Guardiola's star-studded line-up.

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