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Hapoel Jerusalem officials' fears were realized yesterday after it was learned that center and team captain Uri Kukia suffered a torn tendon in his shoulder, an injury that will likely sideline him for at least four months.

Kukia is expected to undergo surgery at the end of next week before beginning a months-long rehabilitation regimen. The Israel national team center insisted on taking part in practice sessions with the club; he may even be ready to play next week against Ironi Ashkelon and Riga before going under the knife.

"This is a huge disappointment," Kukia said. "I'm sad to have to say goodbye to the players, coaches and fans for a considerable amount of time. I'll be the team's number-one fan during this period."

Meanwhile, Jerusalem is expected to sign Amit Tamir to a contract that will expire at the end of the season. Tamir has already begun to practice with the team.

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