Edu faces six months out of action

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Valencia's former Arsenal midfielder Edu has suffered a serious knee injury that will put him out of action for most of the season.

"I'm devastated," said the 27-year-old Brazilian, who tore the cruciate ligament in his left knee during a training match on Saturday. "I will need a bit of time to sort myself out, but at the moment I feel terrible. It is the first time something like this has happened to me and I don't really know what I'm going to do."

Edu joined Valencia in the close season. Club doctors say he is likely to be out of action for about six months. "I heard a strange sound and felt a very odd pain and felt dizzy when it happened," he added. "I knew it was something serious. It is difficult to cope with because I had worked so hard in the pre-season and I was really looking forward to starting a new stage in my career with Valencia and now this changes everything."

Jefferson Farfan and Phillip Cocu scored to steer defending champions PSV Eindhoven to a 2-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch league yesterday. It was PSV's first win of the season after a draw with Heracles Almelo.

PSV's defender Alex gave Vitesse the lead with an own-goal. Farfan equalised with a free-kick in the 35th minute and Cocu scored the winner in first-half injury time, picking up a loose ball in the box, spinning and firing into the right corner.

Feyenoord beat Sparta 3-1 and are tied for the league lead with six points after two rounds. AZ Alkmaar and RKC Waalwijk are also unbeaten, Alkmaar beating FC Utrecht 2-1 and Waalwijk beating FC Groningen 2-1.

On Saturday, Ajax beat RBC Roosendaal 2-0, SC Heerenveen beat Roda JC Kerkrade 5-4, NEC Nijmegen beat FC Twente Enschede 1-0 and Heracles Almelo beat ADO Den Haag 2-1.

VfB Stuttgart scraped through to the second round of the German Cup with a 4-3 extra-time win over the amateurs of TSG Hoffenheim.

Stuttgart have taken just a point from their opening two Bundesliga matches and an early-season crisis looked on the cards for the coach Giovanni Trapattoni when his side fell 2-1 behind to the regional third division team at the end of the first half.

The Denmark captain Jon Dahl Tomasson equalised in the 54th minute to send the match into extra time, and goals from Croatia's Mario Carevic and the Brazilian forward Cacau sent Stuttgart through.

Hoffenheim's Matthias Orum pulled one back late in the game but Stuttgart held on.

Cologne were the first top-flight casualties when they went down 2-1 against Kickers Offenbach on Saturday.