Iwas sad when he left Arsenal.
Villarreal's Pires to miss bulk of season
August 21, 2006
MADRID (AFP) - French midfield veteran Robert Pires will miss some six months of the new season after snapping a cruciate knee ligament.
Pires, 32, was looking forward to a new challenge with Villarreal in the Spanish top flight after a summer move from Arsenal but will have to see the majority of the campaign from the sidelines, although the club did not confirm the extent of his injury.
The news Monday is likely to see Villarreal, already without Argentine defender Gonzalo Rodriguez for a chunk of the new campaign with a similar injury, move to keep Argentine Juan Pablo Sorin, who had been in talks with a move to French outfit Bordeaux.
Valencia, who Tuesday will look to overturn a 1-0 deficit in their Champions League qualifier return against Salzburg, will meanwhile have to make do without Spanish international Ruben Baraja for some ten weeks after he picked up a leg injury, the club said.
I guess it is not so bad that Pires left Arsenal.