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Last Updated: Monday February 23 2009 11:00 GMT

Injury ends Everton star's season

Everton's Mikel Arteta is treated for for a knee injury during the match against Newcastle

Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta won't play again for the rest of the season because of a serious leg injury.

The 26-year-old fell awkwardly just three minutes into Everton's 0-0 draw away to Newcastle on Sunday.

He was stretchered off the pitch and later had scans on his right knee which showed he'd ruptured his knee ligament.

It's a big loss for the Toffees as Arteta has scored seven goals in 31 appearances this season, helping them to sixth place in the table.

But they're still chasing a European spot and hoping to further their run in the FA Cup.