Feb 6 2013, 1:24am CST | by Luigi Lugmayr
Rio De Janeiro, Feb 6 — Chile international midfielder Jorge Valdivia has been ruled out of Palmeiras' 2013 Copa Libertadores football opener against Peru's Sporting Cristal next week with a thigh injury.
The 29-year-old suffered a knock to his left quadriceps Sunday during the Brazilian club's 3-3 draw against XV de Piracicaba and scans Tuesday confirmed he will need two weeks on the sidelines.
"He received a heavy blow and the muscle has shown signs of trauma," Palmeiras doctor Rubens Sampaio said on the club's website. "It's a shame because he had put a good sequence of games together and was playing well."
Palmeiras was relegated to Brazil's second division last year but qualified for the Copa Libertadores.
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