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Tuesday, 09 February 2010 19:34

Injury setback for Andre Marques on Greek debut

Defender thinking positive

On-loan Sporting defender Andre Marques will be out for around six weeks after being forced off with a knee injury on his debut for Iraklis on Sunday.

The left-back was making his first appearance for Iraklis since moving to Thessaloniki from Lisbon on a six-month loan deal. Just 37 minutes into the encounter with city rivals PAOK, Marques went down without contact from an opponent, and was substituted with an injury later diagnosed as a partial rupture of the knee ligaments.

“It was an unfortunate movement, which I did alone,” Marques told Maisfutebol. “I made a rotation to the left, my right leg got stuck in the pitch and I heard a crack in the knee. It was bad luck, because things were going well for me. I have adapted well to the club and the city and was making my debut, now I have to stop.

“The Iraklis doctors have already talked to Dr Gomes Pereira of Sporting and agreed to have the operation here and do my recovery with Iraklis. They told me I will be out for between one month and one-and-a-half months, but it depends on a lot.

“It’s a difficult situation, but I have to keep my head up and move forwards. Last night, I received messages of support from my team-mates at Sporting, while over here Nuno Piloto (Iraklis) and Vieirinha (PAOK) have been with me throughout.”

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By Sean Gillen

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