Heel surgery sidelines Veron for season

BUENOS AIRES - Estudiantes captain Juan Sebastian Veron will have surgery on a heel injury on Sunday and miss the rest of the Argentine season, the club's doctor Hugo Montenegro said on Tuesday.

"After completing tests with a new scan... we saw the muscle was quite weak so we're going to operate, (do) an arthroscopy of the heel," Montenegro told reporters.

Former Argentina midfielder Veron, plagued by the problem in his right heel for some time, will be out for up to two months, missing the last five matches of the Clausura championship.

Title holders Estudiantes have had a poor second half to the season, having gone 11 games without a win in the league and Libertadores Cup in which they lost in the round of 16 last month.