April 17, 2013 / 12:02 PM / 7 years ago

Soccer-Nice striker Maupay out for rest of the season

NICE, France, April 17 (Reuters) - Nice’s teenage forward Neal Maupay will miss the rest of this season and the start of next after tearing a cruciate ligament in his right knee, coach Claude Puel said on Wednesday.

“He will undergo surgery on his ligament next Wednesday. He will be back in October,” Puel told a news conference.

“This proves that we must remain careful with young players. We did everything to protect him but this kind of incident can happen.”

The 16-year-old, who turned professional in January, scored three goals in 15 league games with Nice this season.

Nice are fifth in the standings, two points from a Champions League preliminary round spot with six games left. (Reporting by Etienne Ballerini; Writing by Simon Carraud; editing by Justin Palmer)

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