Venezuela’s Figuera to miss rest of Copa America

Venezuela’s Figuera to miss rest of Copa America

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Rio de Janeiro, June 21: Venezuela midfielder Arquimedes Figuera will miss the rest of the Copa America because of a knee injury, the South American country's football federation said on Thursday.

The 29-year-old was forced off the pitch after collapsing to the ground late in his team's goalless draw with hosts Brazil on Tuesday.

"An MRI scan on Wednesday confirmed that Arquimedes Figuera suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee," read a Venezuelan Football Federation statement.It added that Figuera, who plays his club football for Peru's Universitario, would undergo surgery in the coming days.

Venezuela are currently third in the Copa America Group A standings with two draws from their first two matches. A victory in their final group fixture against Bolivia in Belo Horizonte on Saturday would all but guarantee the Vinotino a berth in the knockout phase. (XINHUA)