Villarreal striker Roberto Soldado tears knee ligaments

MADRID (AP) " Villarreal striker Roberto Soldado is facing a long layoff after tearing ligaments in his right knee.

The Spanish club said Wednesday he will undergo surgery.

The 31-year-old Soldado was injured while playing in a preseason friendly against Deportivo La Coruna on Tuesday.

Soldado, a former Tottenham and Valencia player, helped Villarreal earn a spot in a Champions League playoff against Monaco set to start next week after finishing fourth in the Spanish league last season.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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