In a slump, Palmeiras' Valdivia has celebration and interview canceled

16:44, September 14, 2010      

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Palmeiras'star midfielder and Chilean native Valdivia had to see the celebration for his 100th game for the club canceled due to his recent slump.

Valdivia was to receive a special ceremony on Monday and was then expected to address the media and field questions but his current slump and inability to re-establish himself on the field led to the cancellation of the event.

Visibly was frustrated both on and off the field. Palmeiras placed a gag-order on the player, not allowing him to speak with the media.

Valdivia recently returned to the Brazilian soccer championship club after a brief stint in the United Arab Emirates.

Overweight, the player is still searching to find his ideal weight and return to play the solid soccer that made him an idol with the Brazilian club and its fans.

Head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and Valdivia have already run into difficulties. Scolari claims to understand the frustration of the player and hopes to see him in prime shape in the near future. According to Scolari, Valdivia is still unable to play a full game or even a full half, giving only about 20 minutes of solid play.

Source: Xinhua


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