Valencia striker Soldado out for 2-3 weeks

Valencia striker Roberto Soldado will miss the start of the

Spanish league season due to a leg injury.

Soldado tore a muscle in his right leg and will be sidelined for

two to three weeks, Valencia said on Tuesday.

Valencia, which opens against Malaga on Saturday, will be

hopeful Soldado can recover in time for its first Champions League

match on Sept. 14 or 15.

Soldado, who has made two appearances for Spain, joined from

Getafe during the summer to replace Barcelona-bound David Villa. He

scored 16 goals last season.