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Diego to undergo ankle surgery

July 25, 2019
Diego of Brazil's Flamengo reacts after a foul by Dixon Arroyo of Ecuador's Emelec during a Copa Libertadores match in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
Diego of Brazil's Flamengo reacts after a foul by Dixon Arroyo of Ecuador's Emelec during a Copa Libertadores match in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Flamengo midfielder Diego will undergo surgery for a left ankle fracture.

The Brazilian team says the former Porto, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Wolfsburg and Fenerbahce player will be operated on as soon as possible in Rio de Janeiro.

The 34-year-old Diego was injured in Flamengo’s 2-0 first-leg defeat against Emelec — in the Copa Libertadores Round of 16 match — after a tough tackle by defender Dixon Arroyo in the 70th minute.

Flamengo did not say for how long the midfielder will be out of action.

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