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Amaral suffers long term injury

Former Brazil international Amaral has received further scans which now require him to have minor surgery.

Amaral suffered an injury last month tearing a tendon in his right hamstring, but has aggravated the injury to require further attention.

“It’s very disappointing because he is a quality player and his experience and professionalism has been a big boost for the club on the park,” said Perth coach Dave Mitchell.

“He’s a big game player, the sort of player that can make things happen and turn a game.”

“He’ll be missed but it gives other players the opportunity to step-up and since Amaral has been out we’ve been able to cover for him and create a midfield combination that is working well.”

Mitchell has said that even though his contract will end this season the club will consider extending his stay.

“We’ll have a closer look at how he recovers after the operation but there is no doubting his ability and the influence he had,” he said.

“He loves Perth and wants to play a role in helping Glory be a title contender and we’ll make an assessment on his future at the club later down the track.”

“The prognosis is good, the surgery will fix the problem and the doctors are confident he’ll be back better than ever.”

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Published on December 9, 2008

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