MADRID Feb 19 Valencia playmaker Ever
Banega will be out of action for up to six months with a broken
ankle after he failed to set the handbrake in his car at a
petrol station and it rolled back and trapped his foot, Spanish
media reported on Sunday.
"The player Ever Banega has suffered an accident with his
own car after training on Sunday when he received a trauma to
his left leg that caused a fracture to his tibia and the perone
bones," Valencia said in a statement.
The club said the break had not been clean, the area was
inflamed, and after hospital checks that surgery would take
place on Monday.
"The period of recovery is estimated to be around six
months," the statement added.
The Argentina international, 23, had already been left out
of the Valencia squad to visit Barcelona in La Liga on Sunday as
he was struggling with a knee problem.
Valencia lie third in the standings and play Stoke City in a
Europa League last-32 second leg next Thursday.
(Reporting by Mark Elkington, editing by Ed Osmond)