Valencia’s Maduro out 4 months with ankle injury

Valencia says defender Hedwiges Maduro will be sidelined for

four months after injuring ankle ligaments while on international

duty with the Netherlands.

The 26-year-old defender seems certain to miss the rest of

Valencia’s Champions League group stage games against Chelsea, Genk

and Bayer Leverkusen. It is third in Group E.

Valencia doctor Jorge Candel says Maduro underwent surgery in

the Netherlands, which stabilized the injury. Candel says the

recovery time will be ”longer than we thought” because the injury

was ”complicated.”

Maduro did not feature in either of the Netherlands’ Euro 2012

qualifying matches.

Fifth-place Valencia visits Mallorca in the Spanish league on

Saturday and plays at Leverkusen on Wednesday.