Fluminense's Conca undergoes knee surgery

10:07, December 28, 2010      

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Dario Conca, Fluminense's star midfielder and native of Argentina, successfully underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Monday.

The procedure was expected and necessary months ago, however the player preferred to wait until the end of the 2010 season.

The 27-year-old's decision to hold off the needed surgery until the end of the Brazilian Championship was courageous. The delayed operation allowed Fluminense's playmaker to orchestrate the Fluminense offense, leading to their 2010 Brazilian Championship title and also earned Conca the MVP of the tournament.

Despite his pain, Conca was Fluminense's only player to have played in all 38 rounds of the Brazilian Championship.

The athlete is expected to remain in the Quinta D'or Hospital in Rio de Janeiro for observation. Fluminense's team doctors Douglas Santos and Victor Favilla performed the operation.

Althouth the routine surgery was a success, Conca's forecasted return to the field will be in February. After a week of rest, Conca will begin a strict regime of physical therapy that is expected to last three to four weeks.

Conca will miss the first half of the Rio de Janeiro state championship and will most likely make his first appearance of 2011 against Argentina Juniors in the opening match of the Libertadores Cup on February 9.

Source: Xinhua

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