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BARRAGAN OPERATED

24 Apr 2008
Yesterday, Antonio Barrag�n went threw surgery due to his knee injury. There was the possibility to correct the problem using only the physical therapy, but the latest scans made in Barcelona determined the surgery was the best possible solution. The right-back defender will be out of action during a period of six or eight months, he will probably return until the year 2009.

Antonio Barrag�n had to leave the past game against Osasuna at the 60th minute after he suffered a knee injury. The scans made on Monday determined that he suffered a tear to the lateral ligament on the outside of his right knee. Normally, there are two solutions in order to correct the problem: a surgery know as plasty and the physical therapy.

A plasty is a surgical procedure used to repair the defect in the ligaments, this solutions requires a recuperation process between six and eight months, while the physical therapy only needs a couple of months, but this last solution can only be used when the problem isn't too serious. The doctors decided to make further scans in order to analyse the case, to determine the seriousness of the injury and choose the best  possible solution.

This scans were made on Wednesday in Barcelona by doctor Ram�n Cugat, and it was determined that Barragan's injury can't be healed just using physical therapy, because the damage in the ligaments can only be repaired through the plasty. The doctors decided to make the operation on Thursday, procedure that was successful. Now the player will start the recuperation process and will be out of action during a period between six and eight months, meaning he will probably return until the year 2009.

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