The Chilean, who cost Rangers pounds 4m two months ago, sustained medial ligament damage last month, playing in his second game for the Glasgow side after his transfer from Universidad Catolica, and had an operation after breaking down in training on Tuesday.
Ray Wilkins, the former England midfielder, yesterday joined Leyton Orient on non-contract forms. The 40-year-old was most recently at Millwall.
The Everton midfielder, John Ebbrell, has rejoined his former manager, Howard Kendall, after completing a pounds 1m move to Sheffield United. The Blades also hope to sign the Georgian international playmaker, Temur Ketsbaia, from AEK Athens for pounds 1.5m. Kendall was in Greece last night trying to finalise the move.
Phil Starbuck became Neil Warnock's first signing for Oldham when he arrived on loan from Sheffield United yesterday - but the striker badly damaged an Achilles tendon during his first training session with his new team-mates. Alan Miller, the Middlesbrough goalkeeper, is joining West Bromwich Albion on loan with a view to a permanent transfer.
Aston Villa are prepared to sell their central defender Carl Tiler. The former England Under-21 international was signed from Nottingham Forest for pounds 750,000 16 months ago.
AFC Bournemouth's request to form a new company has been rejected by the Football League - but the League softened the blow by confirming that it was willing to allow the club - who called in the receivers last month with debts of pounds 4.5m - to play out the season.
Coverage of next month's FA Cup quarter-final between Chesterfield v Wrexham may not be restricted to BBC Wales. If the Football Association gives its approval, it will become the first British football match to be broadcast live on the Internet. A London consultancy, The Networking Partnership, is hoping to do a deal with the FA.Reuse content