BUENOS AIRES - River Plate's off-season
woes continued on Tuesday when goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo
damaged an ankle ligament and is expected to be out for up to
Carrizo, who had spells in Europe with Lazio and Real
Zaragoza after helping River win their record 33rd league title
in 2008, fell badly going for a cross during a practice at the
Atlantic seaside resort of Mar del Plata.
"He has a ligament injury of the left ankle. We're going to
operate on him to give him more stability and so he doesn't have
problems in the future," team doctor Luis Seveso told reporters.
The 26-year-old has been capped 10 times by Argentina.
River lost 2-0 to arch-rivals Boca Juniors in a friendly
last weekend that was part of traditional tournaments held every
year during the season's summer recess. Stung by the defeat, he
had talked of revenge but will miss the teams' clash in Mendoza
The Clausura championship, second of the 2010/11 season,
kicks off on February 11.
River finished fourth in the Apertura won by Estudiantes
last month but they are dangerously close to relegation that is
calculated on points obtained over three seasons.
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