PFC CSKA Moskva could be without Keisuke Honda until early December because of a knee injury.
Honda picked up the problem in Sunday's 2-2 Premier-Liga draw with FC Spartak Moskva and was forced off at half-time. Subsequent scans have revealed the need for the Japanese international midfielder to undergo immediate surgery. The 25-year-old is therefore expected to be absent for two to three months.
The news comes as a further blow to CSKA, who will be without first-choice goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev for the entire UEFA Champions League group stage after he was recently ruled out for six months. The Russian side start their campaign at LOSC Lille Métropole on 14 September having been drawn in Group B, which also contains FC Internazionale Milano and Trabzonspor AŞ.
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