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Lengthy lay-off for unlucky Sokota

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Sokota, left, collides with team-mate Hugo Almeida and Julien Rodriguez

LISBON, Portugal (Reuters) -- Striker Tomislav Sokota tore a right knee ligament during Porto's Champions League loss to Rangers and faces a long absence his club said on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Croatian, who joined from Benfica in June, will be operated on in the next 10 days, Portugal's Porto said on their official website.

Sokota left the field after 74 minute of the 3-2 Group H defeat in Glasgow on Tuesday, leaving Porto a man short because they had already made three substitutions.

Captain Pedro Emanuel was also injured in a clash of heads with Rangers' Croatian striker Dado Prso.

He underwent nose surgery on Wednesday and will be sidelined for several days.

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