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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Monday, 6 August, 2001, 19:42 GMT 20:42 UK
O'Connor out injured: Chala in?
Cleber Chala (left) in action for Ecuador
Cleber Chala (left) in action for Ecuador
Teenage Hibernian striker Gary O'Connor will be out for six weeks after breaking a bone in his foot.

The news came as the Edinburgh club were being linked with another bid for an Ecuador international.

Midfielder Kleber Chala is a team-mate of Ulises de la Cruz, who joined Hibs during the summer.

O'Connor had only just broken into the first-team after impressing during pre-season.

But the 18-year-old fell awkwardly during Saturday's 2-1 defeat away to Dundee and was carried off on a stretcher.

Freak accident

It was originally thought that it was a dislocation, but an X-ray has now shown that the injury is more serious.

Gary O'Connor (left) is out injured
Gary O'Connor (left) is out injured
Hibernian Alex McLeish said: "It was something of a freak accident, but Gary will now be out for six weeks.

"He landed very badly after jumping for a high ball, but you often find that the worst injuries are freak incidents, such as a player catching his studs in the turf.

"We wouldn't have been thrusting Gary in right away as he is still very young and inexperienced.

"But he'd been looking very lively in the past two or three weeks and had deserved his place in the 16."

Meanwhile, Eric Manasse, the same agent who helped bring de la Cruz to Hibs, is involved in the possible acquisition of Chala.

Chala is a 30-year-old who has 54 caps for his country.

McLeish has now said that the fee for de la Cruz was more like 350,000 than the reported 750,000.

The fee for Chala could be anywhere in the region of 250,000 to 500,000.

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