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Amorebieta helps Venezuela stun Colombia

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Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta played the full ninety minutes as Venezuela began their Copa America campaign with a surprise victory over Colombia in Rancagua last night. It was the tournament’s biggest shock and Venezuela’s first win over their neighbours in the history of the competition.

A disciplined and determined defensive display was enough to secure the three points for the Venezuelans, who hold onto their 60th minute lead courtesy of Solamon Rondon’s clever finish, despite constant Colombian pressure. Amorebieta picked up an early booking for a typically robust challenge on Radamel Falcao.

The 30 year-old has endured a disappointing spell at Craven Cottage since joining on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao in May 2013. He made 26 appearances in his first season, which saw Fulham relegated from the Premier League, and was sent off in the 5-0 defeat at Manchester City, before scoring Fulham’s second goal against Hull City, when the concession of a 2-0 lead late in the game all but dashed any hopes of survival. Amorebieta was frozen out by Felix Magath at the start of the last season and had looked set to join Grenada in the August transfer window, before making nine appearances under Kit Symons, the last of which saw him red carded in the 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bournemouth.

Amorebieta then joined Middlesbrough on loan in March, making five appearances and memorably scoring their winner against Brentford in stoppage time at the end of the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-final at Griffin Park. With two years to run on his current contract, it remains to be seen where Amorebieta will be come the new campaign. His immediate focus will be trying to ensure Venezuela progress from the group stages with a win over Peru next Thursday.

Fulham swap Husband for Amorebieta

Middlesbrough have agreed a deal to bring in Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta on loan.

And the arrangement will see Boro fringe full-back James Husband going the other way.

Neither player will be eligible when the sides meet at Craven Cottage on April 25.

The Venezualan-born centre-back, 29, will join until the end of the season to beef up a once rigid rearguard that has looked thin of late.

And Husband, who will switch to the struggling Cottagers to get some game-time.

He arrived at Boro in the summer from Doncaster for £500,000 but has been kept out of the team by the impressive form of George Friend and has managed just six games all season and just four in the league.

Amorebieta will be well known to Aitor Karanka due to his Basque and Athletic Bilbao background.

Amorebieta hit by injury blow

Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta has suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.

The Fulham defender hasn’t featured since limping out of the draw against Blackpool at the beginning of the month.

Amorebieta was close to a return to the fold but has had a reaction to the problem and will miss Saturday’s trip to Brighton, along with right-back Tim Hoogland.

Boss Kit Symons said: “They are both coming on but they are injuries that can’t be rushed. The club’s policy is to wait until they are fully-fit.

“Tim is progressing but is frustratingly slow. Fernando was getting close but was getting a lot of irritation, so we’ve had to take him back a little bit with his rehab.”

Australian World Cup star Adam Taggart has taken another step closer to full fitness after recovering from a long-standing groin problem.

But Symons added: “He’s missed a lot of football, so it will take quite a long time. He’s only just back in training with the Under 21s at the moment but doing well.”

Dan Burn misses the trip to the Amex through suspension, but Jack Grimmer is in contention after being recalled from his loan spell at Shrewsbury.

Amorebieta to miss four weeks

Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta could be out of first-team action for up to four weeks after suffering a knee injury at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The Spaniard, 29, came off 12 minutes before the end of the Whites’ 2-0 defeat at the Riverside Stadium.

Tests revealed a medial knee ligament injury but it is not expected to sideline Amorebieta for too long.

The former Athletic Bilbao man is expected to return to training in two to four weeks.

Amorebieta in talks with Grenada

Fernando Amorebieta could be close to a return to Spain after entering talks with Grenada, according to the Daily Mail.

The Venezuelan international has not featured in any of Fulham’s first three games in the Championship and is widely tipped to leave Craven Cottage before the close of the summer transfer window. Amorebieta has struggled to make an impact with Fulham, making just 22 appearances and scoring a single goal, and flitting between centre back and left back.

The 29 year-old’s wages might be an issue for Grenada, who currently sit 15th in the La Liga table, although Malaga are also interested in the centre back, who spent eight years at Athletic Bilbao before signing for Fulham on a Bosman transfer last summer.