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Zhang Linpeng (C) of Guangzhou Evergrande FC is carried off the pitch after getting injured during a Group G football match of the AFC Champions League between Guangzhou Evergrande FC and Vissel Kobe in Doha, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2020. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)

Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng will be sidelined for six weeks due to an ankle injury.

BEIJING, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng will be ruled out of action for six weeks due to an ankle injury picked up in an Asian Champions League game, the Chinese Super League club announced on Wednesday.

"Zhang Linpeng received surgery on his right ankle at Aspetar hospital in Doha on the morning of December 2. The surgery was a success and he is expected to recover in six weeks," Evergrande said in a statement on Wednesday night.

The 31-year-old defender, who also has 79 caps for China, fell to ground in agony after lunging for the ball five minutes into Guangzhou's 2-0 victory over Vissel Kobe of Japan last Saturday. He was then stretchered off. ■

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