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Placente out for up to six weeks after knee surgery

MADRID, March 4 (Reuters) - Celta Vigo's Argentine international defender Diego Placente is expected to be out of action for between four and six weeks after undergoing surgery on a knee cartilage injury on Friday.

The 29-year-old left back, who is a regular in Jose Pekerman's national side, sustained the injury in his side's 2-0 victory against Cadiz last weekend.

The former Bayer Leverkusen player said he had decided to undergo immediate surgery to ensure he would recover in time to play in the World Cup.

'I opted for surgery to end any concerns and I should be back in action in around a month for both my club and the international side,' he told the Celta website before the operation.