BUENOS AIRES Aug 25 Boca Juniors' record
goalscorer Martin Palermo is out for up to eight months after
damaging ligaments in his right knee, team officials said.
Palermo was due to have an operation and would be out for
anywhere "between five and eight months", club doctor Juan
Martin Veiga told La Nacion newspaper.
The 34-year-old former Argentina striker landed badly on his
knee during Sunday's 2-1 home win over Lanus in the Apertura
Palermo suffered a similar injury to the same knee in 1999,
which put him out for six months, and also broke his leg playing
for Villarreal in Spain in 2001.
He became Boca's joint highest scorer two weeks ago when he
equalled the club record of 194 goals set by 1930s striker
Boca, who scored through Colombian Fabian Vargas and
substitute Cristian Chavez, are the only team with a perfect
record in the tournament having won their two matches.
They have six points, one less than joint leaders Colon and
Tigre who have played three games.
Champions River Plate, Boca's biggest rivals, have four
points following their 2-1 defeat at Banfield on Saturday.
(Reporting by Luis Ampuero; Editing by Rex Gowar)