Football - Ayala set for spell on sidelines

Middlesbrough defender Daniel Ayala could be out of action for up to six weeks.

PA Sport Report

Head coach Aitor Karanka has revealed the ankle injury the 23-year-old, who completed a permanent move to the Riverside Stadium from Norwich last month, suffered against Doncaster last weekend is more serious than was first thought.

He told the Evening Gazette: "Dani has a serious injury, he has a problem with his ankle.

"I think it will be four, five or six weeks. It is the injury he had at Doncaster. I thought - and he thought - it wasn't a serious injury, but finally we now know it is a serious injury."

The news came as a major blow to fellow Spaniard Karanka after he won a protracted battle to clinch Ayala's signature after a successful loan spell.

He said: "We were fighting to get his permanent contract. We managed to do that, which was good, but now he is injured - that's football."

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