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Monday, August 4, 2008

Sneijder has three months rest

While the Dutchman will still face a spell on the sidelines is better than the early prognosis of up to six months without playing, which would have meant he would not be back until the New Year.

After tests in the hospital Sanitas de la Moraleja, Sneijder was told that he had partially torn the internal lateral ligament and could return to action in early November.

Abou Diaby is persona non grata in Madrid at the moment with Marca emblazoning their front cover on Monday with a picture of him entangled with the Dutch international below the headline 'Criminal Tackle'.

The Madrid-biased daily were outraged that the referee had not blown for a foul after the challenge during Madrid's 1-0 defeat by the Gunners in the Emirates Cup on Sunday.

A smaller picture of Sneijder in a wheelchair at the airport was also featured with the paper suggesting that he could be out for over half a year as first suggested by medics.

Early report did suggest that Sneijder would miss half of the new season and several of his team-mates, including Arjen Robben, as well as coach Bernd Schuster and president Ramón Calderón expressed their dismay.

The arrival of Rafael Van der Vaart at the club would have meant that he will have a replacement, but missing a month of pre-season training will mean that there will be plenty to do when he is able to run once more.

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