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VITESSE ARNHEM may be ruing demoting talented youngster Theo Janssen from the first-team, as he is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a broken leg.

The midfielder, who was handed the captaincy at the start of the campaign, had been performing well prior to being suspended for disciplinary reasons.

After recovering from a minor ankle knock, Janssen, who accepted the club`s decision to drop him, had a run out against Young FC Twente, but took a knock on his left leg and tests have confirmed a broken shin bone.

The news will come as a crushing blown to Vitesse, as Janssen, who was rumoured to be close to a full national call-up prior to his problems, is likely to be sidelined for around six months after having corrective surgery at a medical centre in Enschede.