Middlesbrough have ended the contract of Argentinian midfielder Julio Arca by mutual consent, reports BBC Sport.
The 32-year-old, who has spent the last seven seasons at the Riverside, has been dogged by a toe injury which has seen him miss the majority of this season. Arca has made only three appearances for the club this campaign, and has not appeared in a Boro shirt since a Capital One Cup win over Preston last September. He briefly returned to training with the team last month but encountered further problems with the injury which ruled him out for the rest of the season. He will now return to Argentina to recover, the BBC understands.
Arca had made 185 appearances in all competitions for Middlesbrough, scoring nine goals, and was also the club’s current longest-serving player having joined from neighbours Sunderland on a £1.75m transfer for the 2006/7 campaign, with whom he had previously won a Championship title. He signed a new two-year contract after the 2010/11 season, in which the Argentinian was voted the club’s player of the year.
Boro manager Tony Mowbray said: “It’s a shame for Julio and the club.”
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