Roger out for season

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Villarreal have been dealt a major blow with the news that midfielder Roger Garcia has been ruled out for six months through injury.

The former Barcelona star has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and requires surgery to correct the problem.

The 27-year-old noticed the problem in the The Yellow Submarines' recent Uefa Cup game against Lazio which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Garcia only came on for the final 20 minutes of the game in the Italian capital, but was left in pain after the final whistle.

Subsequent tests have now revealed the full extent of the problem and he now looks unlikely to play again this season.

It is a blow for both club and player given that Garcia's contract expires at the end of the season and could jeopardise his chances of getting a new deal.