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Nihat ruled out for four months

Turkish forward Nihat Kahveci
Nihat scored two goals in Euro 2008

Villarreal's Turkey striker Nihat Kahveci has undergone thigh surgery and will be out for up to four months.

Nihat, who scored two goals at Euro 2008, damaged a tendon in his right thigh during Turkey's quarter-final win over Croatia on 20 June.

The injury means the Spanish side, who have qualified for the group stages of the Champions League, will be without Nihat for the start of the season.

Turkey went on to lose 3-2 to Germany in the semi-finals in his absence.

Nihat, 28, scored twice late on in Turkey's remarkable 3-2 comeback win over the Czech Republic that saw them qualify from Group A.

Villarreal finished second in the Primera Liga last season to earn a place in the Champions League.




see also
Coach Low targets Euro final win
26 Jun 08 |  Germany
Germany 3-2 Turkey
25 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Croatia 1-1 Turkey (1-3 pens)
20 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Pick your Turkey XI
23 May 08 |  Turkey
Turkey stats and form guide
27 May 08 |  Turkey
Turkey team guide
15 May 08 |  Turkey


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