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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Kashiwa striker Franca sidelined with groin injury

KASHIWA, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) Struggling Kashiwa Reysol have suffered a fresh injury blow as Brazilian striker Franca on Wednesday was ruled out for four weeks with a groin strain.

Franca suffered the injury in Kashiwa's 4-1 defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima on April 11 and will be joining Keisuke Ota in the treatment room after the club announced Tuesday the midfielder would also be out for around a month.

Ota damaged ligaments in his right knee and was substituted at halftime in Saturday's 2-1 loss at home to Nagoya Grampus.

Reysol are the only team in the first division yet to win and prop up the table with just four points from six games.

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