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Valencia's Silva facing three month lay-off

VALENCIA, September 9 (Primera Liga) - Valencia star David Silva could be facing a three-month lay-off if, as expected, he has to have surgery next week.

The Euro 2008 winner, who is a key part of Unai Emery's side at the Mestalla, is suffering from an ankle injury which has hampered his start to the new Primera Liga season.

Silva and Emery will sit down with the Valencia medical staff in the next few days to decide if an operation is necessary but reports suggest he will go under the surgeon's knife on Monday.

"David is suffering from an affectation to the left tibial malleolus which, after repeated sports traumatisms, has developed into a chronic inflammation," said Valencia's chief doctor Antonio Giner.

Silva was linked with a move away from Valencia in the summer but instead opted to sign a new improved deal with Los Che and news of his injury will come as a big blow to Emery who considers the Spain international vital to his plans for this season.

The 22-year-old might not return to action until mid-December, which could see him miss around 13 Primera Liga matches, as well as UEFA Cup and Copa del Rey games.

Silva was called up for Spain's double-header against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia but was forced to pull out and could now miss the next two World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Belgium.

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