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Joan Oriol suspended for four matches, Pandiani out 2 weeks, Rossi op OK

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Villarreal's strikers are in the news....Giuseppe Rossi has his second knee operation in the USA tomorrow, Walter Pandiani is out for two to three weeks with a muscle injury, and Uche and Hernan Perez will miss the match after this one because of international callups! Great......

Thomas McIlroy

Villarreal team news: Giuseppe Rossi is going to undergo his next knee operation tomorrow, expected to return in time for the last couple of months of the season. And by the way, the club says he's not for sale and not going anywhere right now, so ignore all of the rumors the Italian football sites keep coming up with:

Rossi no está en venta - Deportes - El Periódico Mediterraneo

By the way, there is an interview with Rossi posted on the team YouTube channel, a link to which you can find on this site (just scroll down through the stories until you get to the YouTube links).

Bad news for our strike force: Walter Pandiani will be out 2-3 weeks with the hamstring injury he picked up in the match on Saturday: El delantero Walter Pandiani estará tres semanas de baja.

Pandiani said after the match he knew his body pretty well and thought he'd be out a couple of weeks; he was right.

And looking ahead to our next home game against Huesca on October 13, we will definitely have striker problems. Pandiani is out, and Uche and Hernan Perez have been recalled by their national sides. I understand the national teams have priority, but I wish Villarreal could stop this. Hernan is at least selected for a WC qualifier (at Colombia), and I suppose Nigeria's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia is important, but still....

Congratulations to ex-Villarreal player Wakaso Mubarak, who gets called up to the Ghana squad to play their Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi.