Valencia’s Coquelin forced to abandon training with torn Achilles

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Valencia, March 16 (IANS) Valencia’s French midfielder Francis Coquelin was forced to abandon training after suffering a torn Achilles tendon, the team’s head coach said on Friday.

Marcelino Garcia said at a press conference that the 26-year-old French international had been taken away from the training ground by ambulance after the injury, reported Efe.

“It as a loss of a very, very important player for us. He had demonstrated his great character and professionalism since his arrival at the club,” the Spanish coach said.

Coquelin joined the top-flight Spanish club from Arsenal during the summer transfer window.

“We are very upset about this, we hope for a speedy recovery,” Marcelino added.

Valencia, which is 6th in La Liga, is braced for a home match against Alaves on Saturday afternoon.

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–IANS

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