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SWINDON TOWN: Tijane set for surgery on his troubled knee
TIJANE Reis requires an operation on his troublesome knee on Monday and will be out of action for at least another month.
Reis hasn’t played for Swindon Town since the 1-0 victory over Stevenage on August 10 and had been due to travel to St George’s Park for specialist treatment on the injury.
However, it has now been decided that it is best for the Portuguese winger to go under the knife as soon as possible to repair the cartilage damage he sustained in the early weeks of the campaign.
It is understood that there is a very real threat that Reis could be sidelined until Christmas.
“Tijane’s having an operation on Monday,” Cooper said. “I think they’ve decided is the best way to do it is to go in and tidy it up.
“That way we don’t get to a certain stage and waste another four weeks and decide he needs an operation then.
“We’re going to get it done and nipped in the bud now. After his operation he could be four to six weeks.
“If the operation goes well it will be before four to six weeks.
“I think he’d had a problem with his knee last year but when he came in pre-season it was fine.
“He niggled it in the first couple of games.
“The players who have got injured are the ones who came late in pre-season, but that’s the way it had to be because we were in a rush.”
Meanwhile, Cooper confirmed to the Advertiser yesterday that Yaser Kasim has been called up by Iraq for his country’s game against Saudi Arabia on October 15.
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