Asier confirms surgery plans

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Valencia defender Asier Del Horno has confirmed that he will go under the surgeon's knife to clear up a persistent Achilles problem.

The left-back picked up the injury ahead of the World Cup finals and, despite initial hopes it would not prove serious, was forced out of the summer's showpiece in Germany.

It did not prevent him from completing a big-money return to Spain from Chelsea, but he has yet to make his debut for Valencia.

Che doctors stated on Wednesday that surgery was looking a distinct possibility given the defender's continued inactivity and Del Horno has now conceded he has no alternative but to book in for an operation.

"It (surgery) is the best option," he stated.

"At the start I had doubts about it, but I've spoken to various doctors and in the end it was clear it was the most sensible option."

Once the surgery is out of the way, the 25-year-old is hopeful of being back in action within two months.

"The doctors have told me that I will be back playing in two months," he added.

"I'm keener than anyone to play, but we have had to look at an alternative treatment because things haven't improved as we would have hoped."