Canales to avoid surgery

Sergio Canales has been handed a small boost with the news that his hamstring tear will not require surgery this summer.

The 22-year-old picked up the injury in the final few minutes of Spain’s opening match of the UEFA Under-21 Championship against Russia last week to end his tournament prematurely.

Tests then carried out in Valencia revealed that the suspected strain was in fact a more severe tear, extending the player’s anticipated recovery.

However, Canales has been handed some encouraging news this week, as an assessment carried out by a consultant has determined that he does not require surgery on the injury.

This maintains the attacking midfielder’s recovery period at eight weeks, which rules him out of most of Valencia’s preseason under new Coach Miroslav Djukic.

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