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 By PA Sport

Watford winger Mauro Zarate confirms cruciate ligament damage

Mauro Zarate was treated on the pitch for nine minutes.

Watford's Mauro Zarate suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against West Ham United on Saturday.

Zarate, a January signing from Fiorentina, twisted his knee awkwardly towards the end of the first half of the 1-1 draw against his former club.

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The winger needed oxygen and nine minutes of treatment on the pitch before being carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital for scans.

And on Sunday the 29-year-old revealed the extent of the damage in an Instagram post.

He wrote: "With sadness I inform you that the results show the following: anterior cruciate ligament rupture plus an injury grade 1 of medial collateral ligament.

"I will face this with all my strength and will be back stronger than before."

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Zarate was making only his third appearance for the Hornets and earned the penalty from which Troy Deeney opened the scoring, but he now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

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