Engelaar faces long absence with broken leg
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Melbourne Heart's new Dutch signing Orlando Engelaar prepared for surgery on Thursday and an indefinite lay-off after breaking his leg while making his debut in a pre-season friendly, the A-League club said.

The 34-year-old holding midfielder fractured his left tibia after a heavy collision with Brisbane Roar's German playmaker Thomas Broich as they contested the ball in the match last weekend.

The game at Lismore, in New South Wales, was Engelaar's first for Heart and the club said he was set for an operation later Thursday, followed by a lengthy rehabilitation programme.

"The club does not wish to put in place a time line for recovery until the surgical process has concluded," Heart general manager John Didulica said.

"Our number one priority is to support Orlando and manage his health and well-being in what is obviously a challenging time."

Engelaar, who played 14 times for the Netherlands including at the 2008 UEFA EURO, came to Australia after spells with FC Twente, Schalke 04 and PSV Eindhoven.