Villarreal receive striker boost
By Francisco Acedo. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Villarreal have been boosted by the news that Jose Mari's injury is not as serious as first feared.
The striker picked up a knee problem in last weekend's 2-1 win over Osasuna.
Initial tests suggested he could be sidelined for up to a month with ligament damage, but those fears have now been allayed.
The player's condition has been reviewed and it is now thought he will be back in action in around a week.
He will still miss this weekend's league clash with Sevilla, but Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini is delighted he will be available a lot sooner than expected.
"This is great news," stated Pellegrini.
"I am very happy because at such a key time in the season it would have caused some serious problems in our attack."