The Brazilian international fractured his left hand in the Bundesliga game against VfL Wolfsburg two weeks ago and has been on the sidelines ever since. In a bid to have him fit to play some part of the club's UEFA Champions League campaign, which starts at FC Internazionale Milano tomorrow night, he is now heading home where a specialist who works with the Brazilian national team will operate on his hand.
Bremen do not yet know when the defender will be able to return to action. "
We will only know how long he will need to recover after the surgery," said coach Thomas Schaaf. General manager Klaus Allofs added: "The player asked us for permission to have the surgery performed in Brazil by a doctor he trusts. We agreed because we believe that it will help him return to action quicker."
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