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Portuguese forward undergoes knee operation in USA

Vaz TePortuguese under-21 international Ricardo Vaz Te is set to miss the rest of the season, after Bolton Wanderers confirmed that the forward has undergone surgery on a long-standing knee problem.

The 22-year-old made just two first team appearances last season, damaging ligaments on Bolton’s opening day defeat to Newcastle, before turning out for the Trotters against Sporting in the Uefa Cup at Alvalade in March.

Vaz Te, who moved to the Reebok Stadium from Farense in 2003, was linked with a deadline day move to Spanish side Racing Santander in August, but reportedly opted to stay and fight for a place in Gary Megson’s side after seemingly regaining full fitness.

However, a cartilage problem in his right knee has restricted Vaz Te to just two outings so far during the current campaign, and the Portuguese flew to the United States to discover the best course of action to cure the long-standing complaint.

Although not initially thought to be a serious injury, it was decided after consultation that an operation was necessary, with Vaz Te expected back in England over the next few days after undergoing the surgery.

According to a club statement, the Lisbon native is not expected to return to action until pre-season, meaning almost nine months on the sidelines for Vaz Te, who has been a regular fixture for the Portuguese under-21 side in recent years.

7 November 2008, by Sean Gillen.

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