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Ankle injury forces former Swansea City striker Michu into retirement

Michu enjoyed the best spell of his career with Swansea City.

Former Swansea and Napoli striker Michu has been forced to quit football at the age of 31.

The once-capped Spain international has suffered from a persistent ankle problem which limited him to only 12 starts for Real Oviedo in Spain's Segunda Division last season.

"According to medical reports, the current situation of my right ankle has come to a point where it has forced me to say goodbye as a professional football player today," Michu said in a statement on his Twitter account.

"Even though I...

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Former Swansea City star Michu forced into retirement at 31

Ankle injuries have forced former Swansea City midfielder Michu to retire at age 31.

Michu was Swansea's top scorer in the 2012-13, striking for 22 Premier League goals after moving from Rayo Vallecano for just £2 million.

But the injuries derailed his career and within two years he exited Swansea and was left to play in the fourth tier in Spain.

He played last season with Real Oviedo in the second division but scored just once in 27 games.

Michu's stellar seaon at Swansea saw the club finish...

Michu scores twice for Real Oveido on return to professional football

Michu was released by Swansea last year after a string of injury problems.

Former Swansea City striker Michu scored twice in his first professional game for nearly two years on Thursday, but was unable to prevent Real Oviedo from going out of the Copa del Rey to Murcia.

Michu, 30, who had stopped playing because of the pain caused by ankle problems, joined Oviedo on a one-year contract last month.

He played 120 minutes as Real Oviedo were beaten 4-3 after extra time.

Oviedo's coach, the former Real Madrid and Spain defender Fernando Hierro, told the club's official website:...

Michu 'happy' to be playing football again after making Langreo debut

Michu was released by Swansea in November.

Former Swansea forward Michu says he was nervous before making his debut for Spanish amateur side Langreo, but is just happy to be back playing football at any level.

Michu, 29, scored 22 times for the Swans during the 2012-13 season as the Welsh side won the Capital One Cup Cup, while he also made his senior debut for Spain in a World Cup qualifier against Belarus in October 2013.

However, a persistent ankle injury took a huge toll on his career and after an unsuccessful spell on loan at Napoli...

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Michu joins brother's 4th-tier side Langreo after Swansea exit

Michu has joined his brother at Union Popular de Langreo.

Michu has joined Union Popular de Langreo in the Spanish fourth tier after his Swansea City contract was cancelled last month.

Michu, 29, scored 18 league goals in his debut season with Swansea after leaving Rayo Vallecano in 2012, but he has since suffered a series of ankle problems and left the Liberty Stadium by mutual consent.

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Swansea City release Michu by mutual consent, forward becomes free agent

Michu struggled to recapture his prolific early form for Swansea after a umber of injury problems.

Swansea City have announced that Michu has left the club by mutual consent.

Michu, 29, joined Swansea in 2012 from Rayo Vallecano for £2 million, and went on to score 18 Premier League goals in his debut season at the Liberty Stadium and also help Michael Laudrup's side lift the Capital One Cup.

But the forward struggled the following season after earning his first cap for Spain in October 2013, requiring surgery on an ankle injury and scoring just two goals in 17 league appearances as Garry...