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Brazilian player out for 8 months after bar fight with fans


SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 10: Alejandro Guerra #18 of Palmeiras (L) and Marquinhos Calazans of Fluminense in action during the match between Palmeiras and Fluminense for the Brasileirao Series A 2017 at Allianz Parque Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Alejandro Guerra; Marquinhos Calazans

Alexandre Schneider

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) A 21-year-old Brazilian soccer player will undergo knee surgery and be sidelined for eight months after being involved in a bar fight with fans of a rival club.

Fluminense midfielder Marquinhos Calazans was already recovering from an operation on his right knee when he clashed with Flamengo supporters in a Rio de Janeiro bar.

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Fluminense doctor Michael Simoni told ESPN Brazil on Tuesday that Calazans’ injured knee was stepped on during the brawl and the player will need to undergo another procedure.

Calazans’ first injury came in September and he was expected to be back in action in March. The new surgery is expected to take place in the coming days.

Calazans, who played 24 matches for Fluminense in 2017, has not commented on the incident.