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Zebina sidelined by virus

Published: Wednesday 22 January 2003, 9.38CET
AS Roma's French defender Jonathan Zebina faces an indefinite absence because of a rare virus.
Published: Wednesday 22 January 2003, 9.38CET

Zebina sidelined by virus

AS Roma's French defender Jonathan Zebina faces an indefinite absence because of a rare virus.

AS Roma's French defender Jonathan Zebina faces an indefinite absence with a rare virus.

Three days in hospital
"The player is not feeling good," coach Fabio Capello said. "He's not training with the team because of medical reasons. He has a virus and he has been hospitalised for three days, after taking antibiotics for more than a week."

Doctor's comments
Roma's club doctor added: "Zebina has a rare inflammation that has caused a serious depression of his immunity defences. His lymph nodes are seriously inflamed."

Bans for Panucci and Pellizzoli
Meanwhile, Roma players Christian Panucci and Ivan Pellizzoli have both been handed one-match bans for their conduct towards the referee after the side's 2-1 defeat against Atalanta BC last Sunday.

Valencia next up
Roma are currently ninth in Serie A, 16 points adrift of leaders AC Milan and are bottom of Group B in the Champions League after losing their opening two second group stage matches. Their European campaign gets under way again on 18 February when they play host to Valencia CF.

Last updated: 22/01/03 15.40CET

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