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Wednesday 16 January 2013

In brief: Sandro set to miss out after surgery

Spurs midfielder has knee operation; Lucas Piazon loaned to Malaga; Reading add to coaching staff

  • Sandro was forced off during the draw with QPR on Saturday

  • Lucas Piazon made his Chelsea first-team debut against Aston Villa last month

  • Yannis Anastasiou played for Ajax before coaching there

Tottenham Hotspur’s Sandro is set to miss several matches for the side after having knee surgery, the club confirmed.

The Brazil midfielder was forced off after landing awkwardly during the Barclays Premier League draw with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, but the club gave no indication of when he will return.

"The midfielder's recovery schedule will be assessed over the next few days," the club said on their website.

Sandro, 23, has made 22 appearances for Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League this season, scoring once.

Chelsea loan Piazon to Malaga

Chelsea have confirmed that Lucas Piazon has been sent out on loan to Spanish side Malaga until the end of the season.

The 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder has been a key part of Chelsea’s progress to the Elite Group stage of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League, scoring the side’s first goal in the campaign. He came on to make his Barclays Premier League debut in the 8-0 victory over Aston Villa, missing a penalty in the process.

Reading hire Greek coach

Reading manager Brian McDermott has brought in Yannis Anastasiou to boost his coaching staff until the end of the season. Anastasiou was a forward for Anderlecht, Ajax and Sparta Rotterdam and played five times for his country in the process before becoming an assistant coach at Panathinaikos, Ajax before completing his UEFA Pro License in June 2012, when he met McDermott.

“Yannis brings great experience, he had a fantastic playing career as well as being coach at a number of top sides across Europe,” McDermott told “He will be able to work on individual aspects with players, he’s here until the end of the season in the first instance and will add to the staff we already have.”

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Key Points

  • Tottenham's Sandro has knee surgery after suffering injury against QPR
  • Chelsea loan out Lucas Piazon to Malaga for the rest of the season
  • Reading add Yannis Anastasiou to coaching staff