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Mercado ruled out of Al Rayyan’s group stage matches

Doha: Al Rayyan SC announced on Wednesday that Argentinian defender Gabriel Mercado will miss the 2021 AFC Champions League group stage due to injury.

The 34-year-old Mercado, who joined Al Rayyan two years ago, picked up the injury during their 2-1 defeat against Qatar Stars League champions Al Sadd on Wednesday.

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“Mercado injured his knee ligaments in the last match against Al Sadd and therefore he is confirmed to miss the group stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League,” read a club statement.

Laurent Blanc’s men will travel to Goa as they will be playing in Group E of the 2021 AFC Champions League alongside India's FC Goa, last year’s runners-up Persepolis FC of the Islamic Republic of Iran and UAE’s Al Wahda FSCC, who advanced from Wednesday's from playoff.

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