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By ESPN Staff
Sep 23, 2006

Keeper Buljubasich found to have brain tumour

SANTIAGO, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Universidad Catolica's Argentine goalkeeper Jose Maria Buljubasich is to undergo an operation for a small brain tumour, the Chilean club said.

Club doctor Fernando Yanez said in a radio interview that the 35-year-old former Rosario Central, Tenerife and River Plate player had known about the tumour but had continued playing.

'We've been analysing this with the specialists for some time. He knows about it and is carrying on with his personal and sporting life as usual in an admirable way,' Yanez told Radio Cooperativa.

'The specialists' impression is that it is probably benign... and there shouldn't be any sequels which would prevent him from leading a normal life in the future.'

Buljubasich last year kept 14 successive clean sheets in the Chilean championship, completing 1,352 minutes of play without conceding a goal.

He was 38 minutes short of the 1,390 minutes achieved by former Belgian international Dany Verlinden, the most verifiable such record.

Buljubasich spent nine months out of football after announcing his retirement when he was at Argentina's River Plate in 2003.

However, he was persuaded to resume his career by Chilean club Union Espanola in 2004 and joined Universidad Catolica the following year.