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Auckland City FC lose skipper for final

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/01/2017

Auckland City FC captain Angel Berlanga won't contest the final of a four-club invitation tournament in Hong Kong after breaking his nose in their opening win.

Berlanga faces an extended period on the sidelines after sustaining a bad break late in their 1-0 win over Korean champions FC Seoul on Saturday.

The Spanish defender underwent surgery and was ruled out of Tuesday's final of the Nike Lunar New Year Cup against host club Kitchee SC.

His recovery time of about two months will allow Berlanga to play in the closing weeks of the domestic league and the group stages of the OFC Champions League.

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